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May 26, 2024
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The supply chain issues from which the commercial engine makers are suffering will likely extend well into 2023 and could even last until the end of next year. This warning comes on July 28 from Safran, the aerospace giant that partly owns CFM International. Earlier this week, Raytheon said that there is no quick fix to the supply issues at its subsidiary Pratt & Whitney. Engine makers have no quick fix for supply chain issues 

The comments from both engine makers confirm why Airbus has no option but to delay the ramp-up of the A320neo to 65 aircraft per month by some six months from mid-2023 to early 2024, as the airframer announced on Wednesday. Boeing CEO David Calhoun said the same day that a rate increase on the MAX beyond the current 31 per month is out of the question, as long as CFM can’t deliver the numbers.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.