Boeing resumes 737 MAX production

After suspending production in January, Boeing says low-rate production has begun at its Renton, Wash., U.S. facility.


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Boeing 737 MAX. Source | Boeing

Boeing (Chicago, Ill., U.S.) announced on May 27 that it has resumed production of the 737 MAX at the company’s Renton, Wash., U.S. factory. Boeing had previously suspended production in January of this year, citing delays in recertification of the aircraft.

The company says the 737 program has begun building airplanes at a low rate as Boeing implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality.

“We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” says Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. “These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 MAX.”

During the temporary suspension of production that began in January, mechanics and engineers collaborated to refine and standardize work packages in each position of the factory, Boeing says. New kitting processes are also said to ensure that employees have everything they need to build the airplane.

“The steps we’ve taken in the factory will help drive our goal of 100% quality for our customers while supporting our ongoing commitment to workplace safety,” says Scott Stocker, vice president of 737 manufacturing.

The 737 program is expected to gradually ramp up production this year.

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