Boeing Suspends Deliveries of 737 MAX Family

by Douglas Royce, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

737 MAX Family. Image: Boeing

Boeing has stopped delivering 737 MAX airliners in the wake of a global grounding of the new model.

It will continue to build the aircraft at its Renton, Washington, facility for the time being while it assesses how the investigation into two recent fatal crashes of 737 MAX 8 aircraft will affect the program.

Boeing began the year producing the 737 family at a rate of 52 aircraft per month, including a small number of older “Next Generation” models remaining in its backlog.  The company plans to increase the rate to 57 per month this year, but those plans may now be under review.

Forecast International has not yet altered its current forecast for the 737 family, which includes projected deliveries of over 650 Boeing 737 family aircraft this year (including over 590 MAX family aircraft).  However, we are monitoring the situation closely and may adjust our forecast depending on the outcome of the crash investigations and the scope and difficulty of any design or technical changes that regulators mandate for the aircraft.

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