Boeing to Halt Production of 737 Max Airliner in January

December 16, 2019 Updated: December 16, 2019
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CHICAGO—Boeing Co. said on Dec. 16 that it will temporarily stop producing its grounded 737 Max jet starting in January as it struggles to get approval from regulators to put the plane back in the air.

The Chicago-based company said production would halt at its plant with 12,000 employees in Renton, Washington, near Seattle.

Boeing said it doesn’t expect any layoffs as a result of the production halt “at this time.” But layoffs could ripple through some of the 900 companies that supply parts for the plane.

The Max is Boeing’s most important jet, but it has been grounded since March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed total of 346 people.

The company’s stock came under pressure Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported on the possibility of a Max production halt. Boeing weighed the move after regulators U.S. regulators told it that its timetable for the return of the Max was unrealistic, the Journal reported.

Shares of Boeing Co. closed Monday down $14.67, or 4.3%, at $327.