Boeing Trims MAX Production


Boeing said Friday that it will reduce the production rate on the 737 MAX by 10 airplanes a month, from 52 to 42 by mid-April. The company said it has also appointed a special board committee to review the development of new aircraft.

“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,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing CEO, said in a statement.

Earlier Friday, Boeing also revealed that it has identified a second problem in the MAX software that will need to be fixed before a revised software package is sent to the entire MAX feet, which remains grounded in the wake of two hull losses that killed 347 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Boeing didn’t offer any details on what the software problem was.