Boeing Says Will Stop Manufacturing Max 737 In Case Grounding Lasts Longer
US based airplane manufacturing firm Boeing announced that it will halt production of its Max 737 planes if the current grounding order continues any more. In its recent quarter report Boeing announced its biggest quarterly loss of $3.4 billion due to the grounding of its prize aircraft across the world. The firm announced that if regulators continue to keep its 737 planes grounded then it will have to consider reduction or complete shutdown of that aircraft’s production. But the firm’s head Dennis Muilenburg is confident that its beleaguered aircraft will soon be back in action and could be in air by October this year.
He said that the efforts of its officials to get the plane safely back to service are on and they will continue to access current production plans. But if their estimates of the time schedule to get the aircrafts approved for flying falls short then they will need to consider reducing the rates of the 737 Max or to temporarily shut down production of the aircraft. The entire fleet of this plane was grounded around the world due to air-crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that led to deaths of 346 people.
Even as investigations about the two air-crashes continue Boeing has worked to make changes in the flight software of Max 737 and other structural changes that were identified by regulators as possible causes for the air-crash. Boeing’s customers across 150 countries are awaiting approval of regulators and Muilenberg stated that their teams are working with operators of the plane on a weekly basis. The new modified software till date has been tested on 225 simulator sessions. He emphasized that it is challenging time for families that lost their loved ones and also for company employees working with dedication to provide safe journey to their customers. Since the grounding the production of 737 Max was reduced from 52 to 42 planes a month.