Boeing has decided to temporarily reduce the production rate of its 737 MAX aircraft. Starting mid-April, the American manufacturer will move from 52 aircraft per month to a production rate of 42 jets per month.
During the worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, Boeing has also stopped deliveries of this aircraft type.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg emphasized in a statement that Boeing coordinates closely with both customers and suppliers to minimize operational disruption and financial impact of the production rate change.
The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 was already the second deadly accident of the 737 MAX, raising serious questions over its safety. A few months earlier, in October 2018, Lion Air flight JT610 crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta Airport; both flights were operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8. All 737 MAX aircraft are currently grounded worldwide.
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