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Exclusive: Boeing plans to resume production of 737 MAX by May

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Boeing Co plans to resume production of 737 MAX airliners by May after stopping for several months following a ban on flights after a series of accidents, sources familiar with the issue said on Tuesday.

Boeing’s plans will depend on the scale of the disruptions caused by the rapidly spreading coronavirus, as well as the permission of the US regulator to return the 737 MAX to operation.

One industry source said Boeing has asked some suppliers to be ready to ship parts for the 737 MAX in April. Another source said that production was scheduled to resume in May, and a third — that the coronavirus violated Boeing’s plans — they had originally hoped for April, but had now shifted plans for May.

“It will be a very slow, methodical, systematic approach to warming up the line and returning the teams,” said Boeing CFO Greg Smith Reuters on Tuesday. “Priority number 1 is restoring the client fleet.”

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