So far this year, Boeing has delivered the 50th 737 MAX 8 aircraft after handing over the first plane to Malindo in May.
There is still one month of production left, which means that the manufacturer is going to meet its predicted number of 52-78 deliveries of the 737 MAX aircraft in 2017. The forecast is taken from Boeing’s guidance to investors that 10-15% of all 737 deliveries this year will be the re-engined model.
At present, 14 different airlines operate the new 737 MAX 8s delivered so far. The newest one is Aerolineas Argentinas.
In order to meet the demand of the new plane, Boeing has opened a third assembly line in the 737 production complex in Renton, Washington. Initially, the 737-8s were assembled only on the third line but as interest to the aircraft grew, one of the other two was also used.
Only in November, Boeing delivered 16 737-8s and if the same pace is kept throughout December the number by the end of the year shall reach 67.