Boeing (2): stop production of the B-737 Max aircraft in January
Possible job cuts
As anticipated yesterday, Boeing is thinking of a pause in the production of the B-737 Max aircraft, after the fatal accidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia that caused the death of 346 people (see AVIONEWS). An indefinite block may be required if obtaining federal approval for corrections made to the control software and procedural changes to the training of pilots will not arrive by the end of December (see AVIONEWS). The decision was taken after a meeting of the Seattle colossal council, which was held in Chicago on Sunday. This decision could lead to several job cuts, although there would currently be no immediate employee layoffs. It is not clear how long the stop will last, but according to the source it should be launched in January. The regulators put the aircraft on the ground in March. The detention could have significant implications for the American economy: the prolonged suspension has already weighed on the US trade deficit and will cause considerable difficulties to the connected industrial chain (about 600 companies, in addition to hundreds of small subcontractors) and to the airlines. A Boeing spokesman said that the giant will continue to work closely with FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for a safe return of the Max and added: "We will continue to evaluate the decisions based on the conditions of the regulations that may vary depending on the jurisdiction".
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