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Boeing exec to leave amid delivery delays

The aircraft manufacturer is struggling with its biggest backlog of commercial aircraft orders for years.

The head of Boeing’s 737 programme will step down at the end of the year as the aviation giant struggles with its biggest backlog of commercial aircraft orders for years.

Scott Campbell says he will retire after more than 30 years at Boeing, news that follows the manufacturer’s worst month for deliveries since January 2012.

Boeing admitted that it delivered just 39 commercial aircraft in July, down from 82 in June, with the 737 being its biggest seller.

Campbell will be replaced by Eric Lindblad, who is currently in charge of Boeing’s 777X aircraft. The pair will work together until the end of the year in an attempt to get production at the factory in Seattle back on track.

Delays continue
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that delays in the production of Boeing’s narrowbody aircraft, such as the 737, are likely to continue deeper into the third and possibly fourth quarters of this year.

Boeing’s chief financial officer Greg Smith told analysts that due to supplier delays, the delivery rate would be lower than the production rate during the third quarter, though he added that the suppliers were getting back on track.

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