Boeing resumed production of the 737 MAX at a "low" rate after two fatal crashes that resulted in regulatory aircraft global grounding, the company said on Wednesday.
The jet has not flown commercially since March 2019 and is still a few important steps away from approval by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators.
Boeing said that work on MAX at the Renton, Washington, facility has resumed as initiatives are underway to improve workplace safety and product quality.
"We have been on a continuous path to further develop and make our production system even stronger," said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program.
The aerospace giant had discontinued production in January as it was unsure when regulators would release the jet to fly again.
Even before the corona virus broke out, the MAX crisis had cost Boeing billions of dollars in airline compensation and production costs, including the cost of storing more than 400 aircraft that could not be delivered to customers.
Since then, Boeing’s problems have worsened as its airline’s customers have struggled to survive as demand for travel declines due to corona virus shutdowns.
On Tuesday, Boeing announced details of a downsizing plan that would reduce the total number of employees by 10 percent, or a total of around 16,000 employees.
The company announced that it had admitted 5,520 U.S. employees to voluntary layoffs, and further 6,770 employees said they would be released involuntarily.
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