By Judson Rollins
This year, we also look at Boeing’s deferred production costs in light of the well-documented commercial aircraft production issues. During the company’s earnings call, Boeing CEO David Calhoun and CFO Brian West discussed plans to close its “shadow factories” or rework facilities for the 737 MAX and 787. Calhoun said, “In our shadow factories, we put more hours into those airplanes than we do to produce [them] in the first place.”
These growing rework costs appear to be classified as deferred production costs to keep them from affecting Boeing’s announced profits. We explain below.