The US Federal Aviation Administration is unlikely to approve the Boeing 737 Max for flying until February while Chinese and European regulators could take even longer.
A Boeing 737 Max aircraft sits on the tarmac at Boeing’s 737 Max production facility in Renton, Washington, US. December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Boeing Co has decided to suspend production of its best-selling 737 MAX model from January, the plane maker’s biggest assembly-line halt in more than 20 years, as repercussions from two deadly crashes drag into 2020. The US manufacturer said it would prioritise the delivery of the 400 737 MAX jets it had made since the model was grounded globally rather than feeding more aeroplanes into production. “This temporary move will put our system in a better position to recover and more efficiently deliver completed aeroplanes once we safely return the 737 MAX to service,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Stan Deal told employees in a memo seen by Reuters. Global airlines also have more than 370 of the planes that were delivered between the 737 MAX’s May 2017 introduction and March 2019 grounding and are now parked at airports and at desert storage around the world.
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