The sky too often laden with gray clouds in Seattle (United States) over the past three years is clearing and Boeing wants this to be known. For the first time since the 737 Max crisis in March 2019, the American aircraft manufacturer opened the doors of its Renton and Everett production sites to the international press in mid-June. This initiative was no accident. It came just a few days before the good news announced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday, June 20, at its general assembly, which forecasts a return to profitability “by 2023” for air transport. And Boeing wants to take its full share.
In Renton, a suburb of Seattle, Boeing’s historic factory where the famous B29 bombers were assembled and which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, the 737 Max is being worked on. After the two-year hiatus of Covid, the site has become a hive of activity again. But it is far from being at full capacity, and only three of the five assembly lines have been restarted. “We are looking for thousands of employees for all trades,” admits an executive of the aircraft manufacturer. It must be said that during the crisis, Boeing cut its workforce and laid off more than 16,000 employees. Now it wants to recruit nearly 30,000 new employees to meet the demand for its aircraft.
Managing the destocking
For the moment, the American is still modestly ambitious. Its next objective for the end of 2023 is to produce 47 737 Maxes each month. He’s still a long way from that. “We are not yet at thirty-one 737 Maxes per month,” admits a spokesman for the aircraft manufacturer. This is several steps behind Airbus, which produces 54 A320s a month and plans to increase the number of its star medium-haul aircraft to 60 during 2023.