Boeing to halt production of 737 Max airliner in January

The plane was grounded after two deadly crashes

Boeing to halt production of 737 Max airliner in January
A Boeing worker walks in view of a 737 MAX jet Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Shares of Boeing fell before the opening bell on a report that the company may cut production of its troubled 737 MAX or even end production all together. (Source: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

CHICAGO (AP) - Boeing Co. 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 company says it will halt production at its plant with 12,000 employees in Renton, Washington, near Seattle.

It says, however, it doesn’t immediately expect any layoffs as a result of the production halt. But layoffs could ripple through some of the 900 companies that supply parts for the plane.

The Max has been grounded since March after two deadly crashes.

The Wall Street Journal reported Boeing’s board would consider halting production at a meeting that began Sunday.

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