|Quoting Amiga500 (Reply 145):|
If you think BCA are laying off workers now because NG is ramping down (from 42 /month) to a temporary lull before ramping MAX up (to 52 /month) then your crazy.
I don't think you're very familiar with BCA labor history (or US labor practices in general). They adjust employment as often as necessary to meet their needs. Increasing automation has put downward pressure on BCA employment numbers for generations. They see a lot of room for improvement in 737 production cost through automation, and need that improvement because the 8 MAX won't have the same ability to drive superior pricing when compared to the A320neo that the -800 did with respect to the A320. Imagining that Boeing (a large, SEC-regulated public company) is forecasting for a huge production downturn and lying to investors about it is what's really crazy.
|Quoting Amiga500 (Reply 146):|
Furthermore, it is essentially a single aircraft family. So if any airline wants a fleet spread across 150-220 seats, then Boeing has to cut prices on BOTH 8 and 9 to match up against the more competitive A320/A321 combo from Airbus.
The lack of a competitive MAX 9 is indeed the MAX's biggest problem. But that exerts pricing pressure on the MAX 9, not the MAX 8. If your logic held, the lack of an Airbus alternative to the 777-9 (yet) would be pushing A350 prices down. It's not.