Boeing has announced that the production of the 737 MAX aircraft will be temporarily suspended from January. This is the most drastic step we have seen Boeing take yet.
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Global Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft
The 737 MAX aircraft were involved in two fatal crashes. Both crashes happened in a span of five months. The first crash, a Lion Air flight between the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang, came down in the Java Sea 13 minutes after taking off. The pilot reported experiencing technical difficulties minutes after the plane took off. The second crash, an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed near the town of Bishoftu after only six minutes in the air. The two accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia claimed 346 lives in total.
What followed was a global grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft in March of 2019.
However, they did not stop the production of the aircraft anticipating that it will get the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration. They did reduce the production from 52 Boeing 737 MAX per month to the current 42 in April, but as a consequence of the global grounding, the planes have started to accumulate. That was a big financial hit for the manufacturer, as the 737 MAX was their best-selling aircraft.
Boeing suspends production of 737 MAX
Boeing released a press statement in which they announced they will temporarily suspend production of the 737 MAX aircraft. The decision followed after the Federal Aviation Administration refused to approve the return of the 737 MAX aircraft to service before 2020.
From the Boeing press release:
Safely returning the 737 MAX to service is our top priority. We know that the process of approving the 737 MAX’s return to service, and of determining appropriate training requirements, must be extraordinarily thorough and robust, to ensure that our regulators, customers, and the flying public have confidence in the 737 MAX updates.
Boeing did not disclose for how long this suspension of production will last. They implied that the decision will land on the Federal Aviation Administration. The only good news Boeing had was that there will be no layoffs at the moment.
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