Boeing, a US aircraft manufacturer, on Thursday, announced that it has paused deliveries of its 737 MAX planes. The decision has come after the model was grounded across the world in the wake of two deadly crashes in less than six months, killing 346 people and delivering a massive blow to the company's reputation.
However, the production will continue.
“We continue to build 737 MAX airplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system,” a Boeing spokesman said, reported Russia Today (RT).
More than 40 countries either grounded the planes or refused to let them into their airspace after determining that Sunday's crash of a 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia bore enough similarities to Indonesia's Lion Air crash of the same model in October. After holding out for several days, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order grounding the planes.
Boeing's reputation is damaged not only because of the crashes, but also its decision not to voluntarily ground the planes itself as country after country pulled them from the sky.
(With inputs from AP)