Boeing will suspend 737 Max production in January


The Boeing seven thirty-seven Max has first of all and foremost killed three hundred and forty six people. It's been grounded worldwide since March. Those are relevant facts. It's also relevant that this specific model that crashed stretches almost one hundred and thirty feet nose to tail one hundred seventeen feet wingtip to wingtip so reports that began circulating yesterday and confirmed this afternoon by the company that it's going to suspend production of the Max come January in part for one of a place to park them is not entirely surprising. What is to some degree agree? Surprising is the Boeing has been still making them all this. While marketplace's Jack Stewart among other things on the transportation desk. He's also right here with me in the studio did talk about the story Jack so they have been making this plain old time. It's been like March since it was grounded. It's kind of incredible and they've been putting out forty two of these planes per month so you can walk out somewhere around four hundred odd planes that they've had to find a place to park basically so that's mostly around their facilities in Washington and you can see if you go online. Some amazing satellite like pictures of these planes lined up in the employee. Parking lot wingtip to wingtip and at a point where you just have to say enough's enough and I guess they're reaching that point now in that figuring out that perhaps it's time to suspend this production. How big a deal is this? It could be a really big deal. It depends on how long it goes on for. But but if you think about all the suppliers the supply chain Boeing has that stretches around the world to make these Achraf. It's huge. We're talking sort of six hundred suppliers and that's just the first here and then hundreds more subcontractors sub-suppliers onto that so the implications of stopping production could really kind of like rip Kalana an affect a lot of people. We should say terms of passengers. This decision that that Boeing is thinking about net net no net effect on passengers right because the planes already data circulation right. I mean the lines of had to deal with the the fact that they haven't been able to fly this plane since March since it was grounded. So they're already operating sort of in the in worst-case scenario they've put all of these procedures in place. They've redone their schedules. They've least in planes they they have ways of getting around this and they're already saying that they're not. I'm not expecting to see this plane back in service until well into the first quarter or so of next year so likely no huge impact on passengers right away at least who gets to decide when this thing flies again well the FAA ultimately is the body that will certify whether this claim is safe and they are going quite slow on this. They're really being being very deliberate on putting this plane back into service. And that's possibly because they faced a fair amount of criticism of design for being too cozy with Boeing in the initial certification process. And this plane basically has redesigned flight control software To to compensate for the fact that it has larger engines and all all this was supposed to make it very similar to fly to previous planes but in fact it turns out that that flight control software is now what's being looked at as the cause of these fatal crashes and it's taking longer and longer than everybody expected to put the plane back into service you know For Boeing I think perhaps continuing production of this aircraft was partly arose tinted glasses. Someone told me they thought that it could actually go back into service very quickly. But it's also just a show of confidence. They are basically saying by continuing production action for this long. They think that the fix will be simple. These planes will be. Were fairly soon speaking of confidence. You're a flyer right you you you travel the the skyways as it were right so if and when this plane comes back online talk to me about the consumer confidence problem when the captain comes on and says Ladies and gentlemen welcome aboard thirty seven Max. That's the big issue for the Airlines is that they're ultimately the the body either passengers sort of see as the operators of these aircraft. And they've got to be convinced Vince. That's safe and then they've got to convince passes that they're safe. And I think probably the longer this takes. Maybe the more confidence that we can have the you know. This is being very well. A sort inspected. And we'll be okay flying these planes marketplace Jack Stewart on transportation. And the Boeing Story. Today thank you thank you

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