On The Up: 737 MAX Production Rate

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Where Airbus has had a difficult time with GTF engine supply issues, as well as in service issues with that propulsion unit, Boeing’s decision to stick with CFM International looks more wiser than ever.

737 production rates will rise to 57 airplanes a month in 2019.

Given robust demand, it will more than likely go to 60 a month. Could an announcement come as soon as 2018? Again, its highly possible.

The rival A320neo family is marred due to its affiliation with the GTF engine as Airbus battles to reach its planned production goals. Little wonder then, that Qatar Airways, former launch customer for the A320neo family, has unceremoniously dumped the GTF engine in favour of the LEAP-1A to power its newly switched/ordered A321neo’s from 2019.

While Airbus is exposed to the never-ending production, supply and in-service woes of the GTF engine, CFM is having no such issues in engine supplies to Boeing for the 737 MAX family.

Not only is that strengthening residual values over and above the competing A320neo family, Boeing is still chasing a large 737 operator base that has yet to decide on future replacement airplanes for their fleets.

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