Boeing Anticipates Gradual Rise in 787 Production and Deliveries, According to Internal Memo from Reuters

Boeing Anticipates Gradual Rise in 787 Production and Deliveries, According to Internal Memo from Reuters

(Reuters) – Boeing expects a slower increase in the pace of production and deliveries of its 787 wide-body jets as the U.S. planemaker grapples with supplier shortages “on a few key parts”, it said on Monday a worker program manager.

Boeing (NYSE:) still plans to steadily increase its prices to meet “strong demand,” according to the memo seen by Reuters from Scott Stocker, vice president and general manager of the 787, to workers at its South Carolina factory .

“We continue to experience supplier shortages on a few key parts,” the memo said. “To this end, we have communicated to our customers that we anticipate a slower increase in our pace of production and deliveries.”

Boeing said its 787 production rate was five per month in the final quarter of 2023.

Boeing, which reports earnings on Wednesday, faces scrutiny over manufacturing of its 777 and 787 wide-body jets after company engineer Sam Salehpour spoke at a hearing last week in the US Senate.

Salehpour claimed that Boeing failed to properly shim or use a thin piece of material to fill tiny gaps in a manufactured product, an omission that could cause premature fatigue failure over time in certain areas of the 787 Dreamliner.

The planemaker said no signs of fatigue had been noted on its older 787 planes.

Boeing’s separate production of its single-aisle 737 MAX in Washington state has fallen sharply as U.S. regulators step up factory controls and workers slow the assembly line outside Seattle to complete a job in suspense.

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Boeing’s safety culture and manufacturing quality have come under fire following the in-flight panel explosion of a nearly new 737 MAX 9 in January.

Aircraft manufacturers typically face parts and labor shortages due to supply chain issues that have led to delays in deliveries to airlines.



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