Boeing Plans To Deliver Most Of 737 MAX Backlog By 2023

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Boeing’s 737 MAX program recovery is hitting its marks as airlines work more of the narrowbody twins back into fleets and deliveries ramp up. 


Deliveries of the 737 MAX resumed Dec. 8, 2020 after a 22-month hiatus linked to the model’s global grounding. Now that regulators are approving the model’s return, Boeing’s plan is to deliver most of the stored backlog by 2023. 

However, airframe-level utilization shows that while usage is ramping up, pandemic-related travel restrictions and reduced demand are lowering average flight-segment times as well as total activity levels.

Aviation Week data shows 130 737 MAXs recorded at least one flight in February, with many of these being non-revenue flights as part of return-to-service activities.