Boeing has had a busy week as its said goodbye to the 747 and delivered the final unit in the series.
However, the aircraft manufacturer also said that from mid-2024, they plan on ramping up production for their 737 MAX and will add a new production line in Everett for the family.
Strong demand is one of the biggest catalysts for this decision s the American plane-maker has, in recent years, welcomed back the 737 MAX to significant demand. However, there is a process behind everything in the aviation industry, and to create a new production line, Boeing must notify key suppliers and more.
Boeing, however, will need to be careful when upping production rates on its MAX series. For several years labour shortages and supply chain difficulties have impacted manufacturers and their output. Aircraft lessor, AerCap has warned that plane-makers must be more careful when promising deliveries as many are struggling to achieve them now.
Boeing says that the new 737 lines will be placed in an area where the 787 was previously produced. The switch primarily of production to their plant in South Carolina freed up space. By 2025/26, when the new line will be up and running, Boeing has goals to hit 50 planes per month. This is up from the current 31 per month.