Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at the company’s Renton, Washington factory. The 737 program began building airplanes at a low rate as it implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality.
“We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. “These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 MAX.”
During the temporary suspension of production that began in January, mechanics and engineers collaborated to refine and standardize 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.
“The steps we’ve taken in the factory will help drive our goal of 100 percent quality for our customers while supporting our ongoing commitment to workplace safety,” said Scott Stocker, vice president of 737 Manufacturing.
The 737 program will gradually ramp up production this year.
Boeing suspended 737 MAX production in January 2020 due to certification moving into 2020. Boeing halted production on its plane nine months after authorities grounded the passenger airliner following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
Lion Air Flight 610 737 Max 8 plane heading to Pangkalpinang crashed into the sea off Indonesia and killed all 189 on board in 2018. The flight carried 178 adults, 1 child, and 2 infants, including 3 crew under training and 1 technician. Lion Air said the aircraft was a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX, the captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot has more than 5,000 flight hours.