Boeing will install a new 737 MAX assembly line at its largest plant in Everett. The information was revealed by the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal, to employees in an email, according to Reuters.
The reason is the strong demand for products, which also motivated the planemaker to reactivate a third assembly line in Renton, where the 737 is manufactured.
Last year alone, Boeing accumulated nearly 700 orders for the 737 MAX family, which has more than 3,600 aircraft on order.
Currently, the company is having issues expanding production, which remains at a level of 31 aircraft per month. The goal, however, is to reach close to 50 planes between 2025 and 2026.
Everett’s choice was expected given the factory’s loss of importance in Boeing’s strategy. Its widebodies, such as the 767, 777, 787 and 747, were made there.
The “Queen of the Skies” is saying goodbye on Tuesday with the delivery of the final 747 to Atlas Air while the Dreamliner is produced only in South Carolina.
The 767 survives on military and freighter orders, but the aircraft should not be produced after 2027, when environmental restrictions prevent its commercialization. It’s the same situation as the 777, but the widebody is about to have a new generation in commercial operation from 2025.
With the 737 MAX, Boeing will be able to take advantage of the immense idle space to accelerate deliveries of the model, whose portfolio includes four variants, the MAX 8 and MAX 9, already certified, and the MAX 7 and MAX 10, which must be approved by the FAA In the next months.