Boeing to restart MAX production this month

Boeing and fuselage manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems announced that they would resume production of the fuselage at the rate of ten a month from mid-March.

Boeing also said it aims to carry out official recertification flights to begin that process this month.

Boeing has agreed late last week with CFM the engine supplier to pay it for engines on aircraft that haven’t been delivered to the end customer.

Because engines are often leased even when the airframe is purchased, or purchased directly by the airline from the engine manufacturer they form part of the final hand over payment at acceptance. This hasn’t been happening leaving CFM with a serious cash flow issue. It seems CFM may not have been willing to supply more engines until the backlog was paid for.

Boeing has been making payments to many of its components suppliers to prevent them going out of business.