Boeing doesn’t expect regulators to sign off on 737 Max until summer

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A report from CNBC out Tuesday says Boeing doesn’t expect regulators to sign off on the 737 Max until June or July.

The date is later than the manufacturer expected.

The 737 Max has been grounded since March following two crashes that killed hundreds.

Boeing continued to make the planes, and on Monday, the assembly line in Renton, Washington stopped building the plane.

Here in Wichita, Spirit Aerosystems announced two weeks ago that the company will lay off 2,800 employees. Spirit makes about 70% of the 737 Max structure, including the entire fuselage, thrust reversers, engine pylons and wing components.

The layoffs of those hourly employees will begin Wednesday. Salaried employees will depart beginning Feb. 7.

Spirit AeroSystems has 18,000 employees globally, about 12,000 in Wichita.

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