As it aims to increase the output of its best-selling airliner, Boeing said it expects to establish a fourth 737 Max production line in the second half of next year, an official told colleagues.
The new line will be located at Boeing’s sizable Everett, Washington, facility, which already produces 777s and 767s and has been redesigning some of its 787 Dreamliners. It has also been producing the 747 jumbo jets there up until December.
“This undertaking is significant. In addition to preparing the facility, we have begun the process of notifying and preparing our suppliers, customers, unions and employees as we take the necessary steps to create a new line,” said Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Although Boeing has been anxious to scale up production of the 737 Max, CEO Dave Calhoun has stated that the company is wary of doing so due to labour and supply chain pressures.
It recently stated that it aims to produce 50 of the jets per month in the “2025–2026 timeframe.” Currently, it produces roughly 31 jets per month. The firm stated in a filing that it intended to hire about 10,000 people this year.
There are currently over 3,600 of these single-aisle aircraft on order, and airlines, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines, are among those who have placed orders. Last year, Boeing received 700 orders for brand-new 737 Max aircraft.
According to the deal, Boeing still intends to run three production lines at the 737 Max plant in Renton, Washington. He cited the demand for more recent models, like the family’s largest aircraft, the 737-10, which currently lacks regulatory permission.
Boeing intends to deliver the final 747 it has built to cargo carrier Atlas Air.