Boeing slows down deliveries of 737 MAX pending FAA approval for electrical fix

CEO David Calhoun said deliveries are paused while fixing issue on 106 affected aircraft

Boeing has again paused deliveries of the 737 MAX due to the electrical issue discovered in early April. During the presentation of the results of the 1st quarter, David Calhoun, CEO of the company, confirmed that the volume of deliveries this month will be lower.

We have paused deliveries,”said the chief executive. “This will make our April deliveries very light.”

A total of 106 aircraft were affected by the problem and have been grounded since then. The fixing of the electrical part takes a few days, Boeing acknowledged, but it will be necessary to wait for the approval of the procedure by the FAA.

The 737 MAX returned to service in December after a long period of recertification that involved changes to electronic systems to avoid situations similar to what caused two aircraft to crash in 2018 and 2019.

Despite this, some countries are still analyzing these corrections, such as China, which did not authorize the return to operation of the jet. Calhoun said he believed that this situation would be resolved by the end of the year around the world.

The 737 MAX has been produced at a lower rate than before the crisis, but the planemaker plans to reach 31 aircraft per month by the end of 2021. Boeing still expects to deliver half of the 450 planes that have been completed and remain in storage.

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