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Boeing to halt 737 Max production

December 18, 2019 / Buying Business Travel

Boeing has announced it will temporarily suspend production of the 737 Max in January following two fatal crashes. The manufacturer was hoping the aircraft would be recertified and a grounding order lifted by the end of this year, but the US Federal Aviation Administration has refused to put a timeline on getting the planes back in the sky. Boeing developed a software update for the 737 Max to address an issue with the aircraft’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which investigators have named as a partial factor in the accidents in October 2018 and March 2019 in which a total of 346 people died.