Boeing wants to resume production of its 737 Max aircraft by May after it froze manufacturing of the grounded jet in January.
According to a report by Reuters, Boeing has asked suppliers to prepare 737 components for shipping by April and plans to slowly restart production the following month.
Greg Smith, Boeing’s chief financial officer, told Reuters: “It’ll be a very slow, methodical, systematic approach to warming the line up, and getting crews back in place.”
“Priority number one is getting customers’ fleets back up,” he said.
Boeing plans to ramp up production while simultaneously clearing a backlog of 400 undelivered jets.
The 737 Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two fatal crashes involving the jet which killed 346 people in total.
Earlier this year, Boeing outlined mid-2020 as a date for the return of the Max but since then international travel demand has been decimated by Covid-19.
The planemaker expected to complete key certification flights in April, which would be an important milestone in the Max’s return to service.
Boeing last week called for $60 billion to be injected into the aerospace industry to help the market to weather the Covid-19 crisis.