May 31, 2020 / Boeing is resuming the production of the 737 MAX at the company’s factory in Renton, Washington. According to the company, it will start at a “low rate” and will keep on ramping up the production this year. At the moment, Boeing is implementing more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality. The 737 MAX has been grounded since March 2019, after two deadly crashes led to 346 deaths in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Before those, Boeing was building 52 737 MAX a month. At that time, the world was a very different place. Boeing planned on ramping up the production to 57 airplanes per month. Nevertheless, after the second crash and the subsequent grounding, Boeing had to reduce its production. First, it built 42 airplanes, while promising the recertification was going to happen at any given moment. In January, Boeing finally stopped the production. The already-built, not yet delivered airplanes are parked everywhere at Boeing Field and Renton airports, including car parking lots. (Photo Boeing)