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Boeing will suspend production of 737 MAX jets

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Employees gather around Boeing’s first 737 MAX 10 jet after its November rollout. (Boeing Photo)

After stockpiling hundreds of grounded 737 MAX jets, Boeing announced that it will suspend production of the planes in January.

But the company added that it won’t lay off or furlough the thousands of workers who assemble the 737 MAX at its factory in Renton, Wash. “It is our plan that affected employees will continue 737-related work, or be temporarily assigned to other teams in Puget Sound,” Boeing said in a statement.

The suspension of production comes months after two catastrophic accidents involving 737 MAX jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed hundreds of passengers and raised deep questions about the planes’ safety.

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By Alan Boyle

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