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– Boeing says it expected the grounding of 737 Max aircraft to be lifted by end of 2019

– It has decided to suspend production of the series since the grounding is taking longer than expected

– Production will, however, resume after the fleet will be allowed to fly by global aviation regulators

– The manufacturer says it will not lay off employees in 737 Max production line but it may assign them duties in other sections

– Most airlines in the world fly 737 Max planes and the grounding has led to massive loss to both Boeing and airlines

– The grounding of the fleet came after Lion Air crash that killed about 188 people and Ethiopian crash that ended lives of 157

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced it will from January 2020 suspend production of its 737 Max jets.

Boeing said the halt in manufacturing was temporary and production will resume after the fleet is allowed back in the skies by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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As earlier reported by TUKO.co.ke, Boeing had its 737 Max passenger airliners grounded in March 2019 following two crashes that killed at least 340.

The manufacturer, however, continued to receive production orders for the fleet and has since then accumulated 400 similar aeroplanes.

“Throughout the grounding of the 737 MAX, Boeing has continued to build new airplanes and there are now approximately 400 airplanes in storage. We have previously stated that we would continually evaluate our production plans should the MAX grounding continue longer than we expected.

As a result of this ongoing evaluation, we have decided to prioritise the delivery of stored aircraft and temporarily suspend production on the 737 program beginning next month,” the statement read.

Boeing suspends production of 737 Max from 2020

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The first crash involved a Lion Air passenger 737 Max 8 that plunged in the Java Sea in October 2018 ending lives of about 188 people shortly after takeoff.

In March 2019, an Ethiopian Airline 737 Max 8 en route to Nairobi dropped from the skies shortly after takeoff from Bole International Airport in Ethiopia killing 157.

Boeing suspends production of 737 Max from 2020

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Preliminary investigations into the incidents revealed that the twin accidents carried a lot of similarities.

Investigators pointed fingers of blame at a new safety feature (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) the manufacture introduced.

Boeing suspends production of 737 Max from 2020

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The company, which is one of America’s top exporters, expected the ban on the 737 Max to be lifted by end of 2019.

It has, however, allayed fears that it may lay off some of its employees to manage cost due to dwindling sales, stating that those attached in 737 Max production line will be moved to other sections.

“During this time, it is our plan that affected employees will continue 737 related work, or be temporarily assigned to other teams in Puget Sound.

As we have throughout the 737 MAX grounding, we will keep our customers, employees, and supply chain top of mind as we continue to assess appropriate actions,” said Boeing.

Boeing suspends production of 737 Max from 2020

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