This delays the start of flight testing until probably January. This is a 14-month delay.
Flight testing will take a year to 15 months, or to January to March 2022—about two years after the planned EIS. Boeing’s production ramp up will further impact delivery of the 10 MAX.
Although some recent new focus was on the 10 MAX, the larger issue is the entire 737 family.
Production ramp up will be slow.
Inventory will take two years to clear.
Airline demand is poor the next 2-3 years.
Boeing’s breadwinner sees major delivery drop from 2026.
A further drop by 2028 demonstrates need for a 737 replacement—not just an A321 competitor.