As broken by a reputable source, The Air Current Boeing has confirmed a new issue with its 737 MAX that will hurt deliveries.
The issue involving Spirit AeroSystems, a key supplier for Boeing, is related to incorrectly drilled holes on the aft pressure bulkhead.
While Boeing targets at least 400 deliveries this year for the 737 program, thanks to the latest issue, that target is now at risk as the company tries to manoeuvre near-term deliveries.
Unfortunately for Boeing, the difficulties with their aircraft programs continue, and seemingly catching a break becomes increasingly tricky.
The American plane maker has only recently been able to clear problems involving the 787 Dreamliner, with deliveries restarting and Boeing working towards processing the backlog.
However, it’s the 737 MAX that continues to see niggles every six months or so. The most recent issue isn’t the first time the MAX or Spirit have seen problems arise this year.
Further investigations must take place to understand better the implications of such an issue on future aircraft deliveries to specific customers.
The 737 series for Boeing is hugely important, with it being their best-selling program and tremendously essential to their end-of-year delivery targets. Any minor issue that prevents deliveries from occurring on time can impact Boeing’s monthly and end-of-year performance.
As such, Boeing will want to adequately ensure the problem can be fixed on the impacted aircraft so they can restore deliveries to their required rate as soon as possible.