Boeing’s earnings report has been well discussed by the financial community, but a few operational issues were mentioned, however, that merit attention:
• 787 production rate cuts are now deep enough to where it no longer makes sense to maintain two production lines. While this could change in the future, in the near term recovery is unlikely for several years, and management is examining the issue
• Second, the MAX backlog will be a priority for Boeing as intends to deliver the majority of the 450 MAX aircraft that have already been built next year. Boeing has also deferred a ramp up to a production level of 31 per month from 2021 to 2022.
• Third, the 777X is being delayed to 2022 in light of current market conditions.