Boeing to suspend production of 737 Max

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 17th, 2019 9:12 am

Last Updated Dec 17th, 2019 at 9:55 am

Boeing is planning to suspend production of its 737 Max planes in January, after months of the planes being grounded, the company said on Monday. The planes have been grounded since March after two crashes killed 346 people.

The Federal Aviation Administration said its review of the planes would continue into next year.

Boeing said it does not plan to lay off or furlough workers at the Washington factory that produces the 737 Max, although some of the 1,200 workers will be reassigned. It is currently unclear how long Boeing will suspend production of the plane as it depends in part on when regulators clear the planes for use again.

U.S. airlines have removed the planes from schedules until at least March.

"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 said in a statement. "The FAA and global regulatory authorities determine the timeline for certification and return to service. We remain fully committed to supporting this process. It is our duty to ensure that every requirement is fulfilled, and every question from our regulators answered."