The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing accelerated deliveries of 737 in September, starting to to reduce its delivery backlog. The 61 Boeing 737 were completed and delivered during the reported month, which marks turn around for the company, which has struggled lately to get 737s out the door amid supply chain bottlenecks.
Beoing delivered 29 aircraft in July and 48 in August, figures being well below the company’s goal of handing over 52 of the aircraft monthly this year.
As Boeing continues to roll 52 planes off assembly lines each month, that means the backlog of unfinished and undelivered planes was cut last month by nine aircraft, the first reduction since the buildup began in the year’s second quarter.
As 737 deliveries slowed in recent months, executives remained resolute, insisting Boeing had a recovery plan in place and that deliveries would increase in the later part of the year.
“We had achieved good progress on our 737 production recovery plan in September”, said the company’s spokesperson, Paul Bergman. “Our team remains focused on executing the plan and meeting our customer commitments”, added he.
The Boeing 737 is a short- to medium-range twinjet narrow-body airliner developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the United States. Originally developed as a shorter, lower-cost twin-engine airliner derived from the 707 and 727, the 737 has developed into a family of ten passenger models with capacities from 85 to 215 passengers. The 737 is Boeing’s only narrow-body airliner in production, with the 737 Next Generation (-700, -800, and -900ER) and the re-engined and updated 737 MAX variants currently being built.