Boeing sees wide-body market recovery from 2020

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Introduction

Nov. 3, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Boeing may have solved its pressing problem of largely filling the production gap for the 747-8, but there is still a long way to go for the

Boeing 777X. Boeing's view of the wide-body market has shifted. Once it thought a strong market through 2020. Now it sees recovery in demand from 2020. Boeing photo via Google images.

Boeing 777X. Boeing’s view of the wide-body market has shifted. Once it thought a strong market through 2020. Now it sees recovery in demand from 2020. Boeing photo via Google images.

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Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said last week the production rate for the 777 Classic may need to come down another 1-2 per month from the previously announced 5.5/mo if sales don’t pick up.

Despite a pending order for 15 from Iran Air and the perpetual sales campaigns, Muilenburg otherwise painted a picture about wide-body demand that is anything but rosy.

Summary

  • Boeing no longer sees strong demand for wide-bodies through this decade. Recovery won’t resume until the start of the next decade.
  • Thus, successfully bridging the 777 Classic to the 777X becomes more challenging.
  • Investors yawn at more potential 777 production rate cuts.

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