Boeing will build 200 MAX in 2020

Boeing has agreed with Spirit, the manufacturer of the main fuselage, to slowly ramp up production from March, to allow production of around 200 units this year (which doesn’t mean deliveries). That’s a long way from the 684 that had been planned for 2020.

Engine manufacturer CFM has also been told of the plans, which are well inside their planned capacity for 2020.

Boeing expects to have completed aircraft ready for delivery in the second half of the year as it brings production back on stream, planning on a July return to airworthiness.

Overall deliveries in 2020 are planned at 300, around 200 of which will be parked up pre-and post grounded aircraft that hadn’t been delivered and need remedial work.