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Boeing Pauses MAX Deliveries, Cuts 737 Aircraft Production Rate

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Boeing Company (BA) said on Friday it was adjusting the 737 production system to accommodate the pause in MAX deliveries, after finding a common error in the recent Indonesia’s Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents.

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“We now know that the recent…accidents were caused by a chain of events, with a common chain link being erroneous activation of the aircraft’s MCAS function,” CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement. “We have the responsibility to eliminate this risk, and we know how to do it.”

He said Boeing is making progress on the 737 MAX software update that will prevent accidents like these from ever happening again.

“As we continue to work through these steps, we’re adjusting the 737 production system temporarily to accommodate the pause in MAX deliveries, allowing us to prioritize additional resources to focus on software certification and returning the MAX to flight,” Muilenburg said.

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“We have decided to temporarily move from a production rate of 52 airplanes per month to 42 airplanes per month starting in mid-April,” he said, adding that the 737 program and related production teams will maintain their current employment levels at the lowered production rate.

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