WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Spirit AeroSystems has announced they will end the one day a week furloughs at the end of August. The company began furloughs after Boeing grounded the 737 MAX airplane after two crashes.
Approximately 70% of the 737 MAX work is done at Spirit and getting the MAX flying again is beneficial for both Boeing and Spirit.
Spirit AeroSystems employs more than 10,000 people in Wichita, with many asking when the Boeing 737 MAX planes will fly again. Boeing has halted new deliveries for now.
“The good news is they’ve got a plan. It is a, technically, very robust plan,” said Richard Aboulafia, Teal Aviation Analyst. “It seems to be meeting with a great deal of acceptance by the customer community, the regulator community.”
Analysts say there is growing confidence in a fix for the 737 MAX flight control software.
In the wake of the MAX issues, Spirit shortened the work week for Wichita workers to four days a week, but employees will return to a full work week starting in September.
“In the bigger picture, this company is strong. It’s diversified,” said Jeremy Hill, WSU’s Director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research. “It is actually by multiple analysts’ point of view a very strong company.”
Hill is not surprised Spirit is going back to full work weeks. He says Spirit has worked hard at diversifying over the years, and the company has contracts for work other than just the 737 MAX.
While the Boeing 737 MAX is still grounded, Boeing says it expects the MAX back in service as early as October.
Meanwhile, experts say there is confidence the software fix on the 737 MAX will be approved by regulators in the near future.
The FAA and global regulators will have to approve the fix on the flight control for the 737 MAX, which they are reviewing at this time.