The Airliner Production Problem, Part 2

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By Bjorn Fehrm

September 19, 2023, © Leeham News: The Airliner OEMs can’t increase their production rates as planned after the pandemic, and it’s become clear it’s not a short-term problem. We started looking at the root causes of the difficulties last week.

We looked at the complex puzzle the production of a modern airliner is and the importance of the learning curve for the result. Now, we analyze the effects that the pandemic had on airliner production and why things are not the same as before the pandemic.

Figure 1. The Boeing 737-8 is sold out for years. Source: Boeing.

  • Last week, we looked at the importance of skills in the supply chain and their influence on production rates.
  • Now, we analyze what happened with skill levels in the industry before, during, and after the pandemic.

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