Calhoun declined to provide a specific date for resumption of production, but said it “will be reinvigorated months before that moment in June because we have to get that line started up again.” He also said the company would make some changes to the 737 MAX production line to make it more efficient.
The CEO said the company “will slowly, steadily bring our production rate up a few months before that date in the middle of the year.” He said the company was not planning to lay off any employees because of the latest delay in the MAX.
Calhoun announced that the development work Boeing has been doing for several years on a new airplane—internally known as the New Midmarket Airplane (NMA)—is starting over.
“We’re not giving up on the future,” he said. “But for me, my attention and that of my executive team, I simply want to be focused” on fixing the MAX and re-emphasizing engineering and safety.
Calhoun announced that the development work Boeing has been doing for several years on the NMA is starting over.
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, says the company expects
to have a 90 day halt to #737MAX production, resuming at a rate of 21AC/month. Says it is "best guess" based on "constant contact" with Boeing.
VS11 wrote:Boeing expects the 737 MAX grounding to cost $18.6b
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Boeing said this week and last week that it will resume production “a couple of months” ahead of recertification of the MAX and that it will be a slow and deliberate restart and ramp up.
The Wichita (KS)-based company has about 100 MAX fuselages in storage.
Scotron12 wrote:IAG reconfirms their commitment to the B737MAX with or without Willie Walsh.
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Dickson said that he and Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell, both licensed commercial pilots, will complete the simulator and computer-based training recommended by Boeing. “But we don’t want to have our thumb on the scale. We’ve got international crews and US crews coming into evaluate those [training] proposals, and we’ll have to see how they perform and whether any modifications for the building proposal [are required].”
The minimum time from certification flight to potentially ungrounding the MAX is 30 days, Dickson estimated. During that time, a technical advisory board must issue its final findings for aircraft modifications and a minimum master equipment list (MEL) must be approved.
The FAA and other regulators will also require a separate validation flight for each MAX before it can receive a new airworthiness certificate. FAA inspectors, not Boeing employees, will be issuing those certificates for the first few months. This is expected to change over time “if things are working well,” said Dickson.
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