Boeing can't deliver the 737 Max to customers and now the planes are clogging up its storage lots (BA)

Boeing 737 Max factory Renton

  • The global Boeing
    737 Max
    fleet has been grounded since March 13 in response to
    the crashes Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 and Lion Air Flight
    JT610.
  • Boeing has
    suspended customer deliveries of the 737 Max but production
    continued at a pace of 42 aircraft a month.
  • As a result, Boeing’s storage lots are packed with
    undelivered 737 Max aircraft. 
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The global Boeing 737 Max fleet has been grounded since March 13
in response to the crashes Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 and Lion
Air Flight JT610.

Along with the grounding, Boeing also suspended customer
deliveries of the 737 Max. However, the company did not shut down
the Renton, Washington factory where the 737 is assembled.

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Before the March 10 crash in Ethiopia, Boeing has been producing
the 737 at a rate of 52 aircraft a month with plans to ratchet
production up to 57 planes by the end of the year. 

In fact, production continued unabated for nearly a month after
the crash until Boeing announced plans to slash the rate from 52
planes a month to 42 planes a month. 

Boeing 737 Max Boeing FieldIn
response, Boeing is storing the undelivered in various locations
around the Puget Sound, a company spokesman told Business
Insider. 

Even with the production slowdown, the number of undelivered
aircraft sitting in and around Boeing’s production facilities is
beginning to swell. 

Currently, the planes are sitting in storage lots at the Renton
factory; Paine Field next to Boeing’s Everett, Washington factory;
and the company’s Seattle Delivery Center at Boeing Field. 

Looking at aerial shots of the theses facilities, space looks to
be filling up. 

Boeing 737 MaxIt’s
unclear when the 737 Max will be able to resume service. American
Airlines and Southwest Airlines have both pulled the plane from its
schedule until mid-August while United has pulled the plane from
flights through early July. 

Boeing is currently working on a software update to fix the 737
Max’s troubled flight control system. According to the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency is expecting Boeing’s
final proposed fix in the coming weeks. 

They are quickly running out of room to
store
#737MAX
‘s at @PaineField
pic.twitter.com/DWfu9IIwj5

— Woodys Aeroimages (@AeroimagesChris)
April 15, 2019

They are quickly running out of room to
store
#737MAX
‘s at Boeing Field as well. They will need to start
sending them to either MWH or VCV for storage eventually. pic.twitter.com/ZYoRjlOi9H

— Woodys Aeroimages (@AeroimagesChris)
April 15, 2019

Not a lot of parking spaces left….

#737Max

#Boeing
pic.twitter.com/aXWEhnR1Yl

— Michael Graham (@MikeGrahamLS)
April 11, 2019

 

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Boeing can't deliver the 737 Max to customers and now the planes are clogging up its storage lots (BA)