Boeing 737 News
Boeing suspends 737 MAX production
- 16 December 2019 -
Boeing temporarily suspends 737 MAX production starting in January, because recertification of the aircraft is moving into 2020.
Boeing says that this enables prioritization of stored aircraft delivery. Layoffs or furlough are not expected at this time. Affected employees will continue 737-related work, or be temporarily assigned to other teams.
Safely returning the 737 MAX to service is Boeing's top priority. The process of approving the MAX's return to service and of determining training requirements, must be very thorough and robust, to convince regulators and the flying public.
Boeing depends on the FAA and global regulatory authorities, which determine the timeline for certification and return to service. Throughout the grounding, Boeing has continued to build new airplanes and there are now approximately 400 airplanes in storage.
According to Boeing, the decision to suspend production is the least disruptive to maintain long-term production system and supply chain health.