Boeing will suspend production of new 737 Max aircraft beginning next month. The aircraft has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes. The manufacturer has been working with the Federal Aviation
Administration to recertify the plane for take-off and had hoped the process would be complete by the end of 2019. However, it now appears work will run into next year. In a statement, Boeing said it knows the process of returning the plane to service and of determining appropriate training requirements must be “extraordinarily thorough and robust,” to ensure that regulators, customers and the flying public have confidence in the 737 Max updates. As a result of the ongoing evaluation, it has decided to prioritize the delivery of stored aircraft and temporarily suspend production. Boeing has continued to produce the 737 Max at a decreased rate.