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Boeing Vows It Won’t Build ‘Gliders’ as Engine Shortage Expands

  • Planemaker grappling with chip, aircraft parts supply hiccups
  • 737 Max output will need to hold steady at 31 jets a month
The engine and wing tip of the Boeing 777X test aircraft on the tarmac at Changi Airport, in Singapore.

The engine and wing tip of the Boeing 777X test aircraft on the tarmac at Changi Airport, in Singapore.

Photographer: Bryan van der Beek/Bloomberg

Boeing Co. is grappling with shortages of engines, semiconductors and other parts, with hiccups seemingly changing by the month and disruptions far from being resolved, executives at the US planemaker said Sunday.

“We’re in the middle of the journey” as Boeing contends with logistics snarls and shortfalls of skilled mechanics in the wake of Covid-19, Stan Deal, who heads the company’s commercial airplane division, told reporters gathered in London ahead of the Farnborough International Airshow.