Title: Boeing to Deliver Fewer 737 Max Aircraft Due to Production Flaws
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[Guam News Factor] – Boeing, the renowned aerospace manufacturer, announced on [date] that it will be delivering fewer 737 Max aircraft this year than previously expected due to production flaws. The company now projects handing over between 375 and 400 aircraft, a marked decrease from its earlier estimate of 400 to 450.
The production problems pose a significant challenge for both Boeing and airline customers who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of more fuel-efficient jetliners. Despite these setbacks, Boeing remains optimistic about its 2023 free cash flow, expecting it to range between $3 billion and $5 billion.
In a message to employees, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun reassured them that the company is actively working to address the issues and foster a culture of transparency. Calhoun’s statement aims to regain trust and confidence in Boeing’s commitment to excellence and safety.
While the 737 Max production faces hurdles, Boeing’s commercial aircraft unit has experienced an uptick in sales. The unit reported a 25% increase in sales, reaching $7.88 billion, mainly attributed to the delivery of wide-body 787 Dreamliner planes.
Boeing also outlined its future plans, intending to ramp up its 737 output to 38 planes per month by the end of this year. Additionally, the company aims to transition to Dreamliner production at a rate of five planes per month.
In its financial report for the third quarter, Boeing revealed a net loss of nearly $1.64 billion, as compared to a $3.31 billion loss during the same period last year. Wider than expected, the adjusted loss per share was $3.26. However, the company’s revenue for the quarter stood at $18.10 billion, slightly surpassing analysts’ estimates.
To address concerns regarding production pace, demand, and margin improvement in its defense unit, Boeing will be holding a call with analysts. This call will provide an opportunity to address questions and provide further clarity on the situation.
As Boeing grapples with production challenges, the company aims to navigate through them successfully, committing to fulfill its obligations to customers and shareholders alike. The aerospace industry eagerly awaits further updates on Boeing’s plans to overcome these obstacles and regain its position as a leading global aircraft manufacturer.
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