Whoa…

WSJ:

Boeing will temporarily halt production of its 737 MAX jetliner in January, according to a person briefed on the matter, escalating the crisis confronting the aerospace giant and raising the prospect of job cuts and furloughs across the global aerospace industry. The company has continued to assemble around 40 planes a month at its plant near Seattle since the MAX was grounded in March following a second fatal crash of the aircraft in five months. That has created a backlog of around 400 jets as Boeing has sought regulatory approval for the MAX to return to service. Airlines and government officials don’t expect that approval to come until February at the earliest. Boeing’s decision to halt production of the 737 MAX is likely to reverberate throughout the U.S. economy. The plane maker is the nation’s largest manufacturing exporter

B737 classics go back about 40 years, and the -400’s to 1986. Engine weight and placement became larger issues over time (it’s a long way from JT8D to CFM56-7B to LEAP on a modestly altered airframe), and now they have the MAX to deal with. Halting production is a very bad sign. Stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Whoa…”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    re Halting production is a very bad sign.

    I immediately wondered about that when I read production had been halted.

  2. feeblemind Says:

    More here. Not behind a paywall.

    https://www.rt.com/business/476047-boeing-suspend-737-max-january/

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