Boeing resumes 737 Max production

Boeing has resumed production of the 737 Max at its Renton, Washington factory after implementing more than a dozen initiatives to enhance workplace safety and product quality.

Boeing suspended production of the 737 Max as of January 2020 after the aircraft was grounded as a result of tragic incidents which resulted in loss of life in October 2018 and in early 2019.

The halting of production sparked unease among the estimated 680 suppliers which form the 737 Max supply chain, largely based in the US, as they prepared for the effects.

"We've been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger," sad Walt Odisho, Vice President and General Manager of the 737 programme. "These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 Max."

During the production suspension, mechanics and engineers collaborated to refine and standardise work packages in each position of the factory. New kitting processes will also ensure that employees have everything they need at their fingertips to build the airplane.

Scott Stocker, Vice President of 737 Manufacturing, added: "The steps we've taken in the factory will help drive our goal of 100% quality for our customers while supporting our ongoing commitment to workplace safety."

The 737 programme will gradually ramp up production this year.