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FAA slows Boeing aircraft production

Deliveries -29% after incident on board Max 9 aircraft

The American aviation group Boeing recorded deliveries falling by -29% after the plane crash that occurred on January 5th on flight AS1282, when a plug door burst in flight on a B-737 Max 9 aircraft (registration N704AL) operated by the US company Alaska Airlines. A crisis of confidence that had led to the grounding of hundreds of aircraft, most of which returned to flight after the usual inspections.

"We have to be careful not to bite off more than we can chew", explained the company's chief financial officer, Brian West, who sought to reassure investors that financial targets (10 billion dollars in cash flow in 2025- 2026). Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun simply said, "We're just going to focus on every airplane we deliver and make sure we meet all the standards". 

In short, in the coming months the production rates in Boeing factories will be regulated by the US authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The change of pace was immediate: deliveries of the 737 MAX are limited to just 25 aircraft (over 40 had been delivered in the last two months). The goal is to slow down construction to 38 planes per month until mid-2024. Only three orders were cancelled after the accident (two 737 Max and one 787).

On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency