Boeing officially announced it would end production of its 737 MAX planes beginning in January. The company’s plant in Seattle has assembled around 40 planes a month since the MAX fleet was grounded in March.

Boeing’s official statement is in full below:

Safely returning the 737 MAX to service is our top priority. We know that the process of approving the 737 MAX’s return to service, and of determining appropriate training requirements, must be extraordinarily thorough and robust, to ensure that our regulators, customers, and the flying public have confidence in the 737 MAX updates. As we have previously said, the FAA and global regulatory authorities determine the timeline for certification and return to service. We remain fully committed to supporting this process. It is our duty to ensure that every requirement is fulfilled, and every question from our regulators answered.

Throughout the grounding of the 737 MAX, Boeing has continued to build new airplanes and there are now approximately 400 airplanes in storage. We have previously stated that we would continually evaluate our production plans should the MAX grounding continue longer than we expected. As a result of this ongoing evaluation, we have decided to prioritize the delivery of stored aircraft and temporarily suspend production on the 737 program beginning next month.

We believe this decision is least disruptive to maintaining long-term production system and supply chain health. This decision is driven by a number of factors, including the extension of certification into 2020, the uncertainty about the timing and conditions of return to service and global training approvals, and the importance of ensuring that we can prioritize the delivery of stored aircraft. We will continue to assess our progress towards return to service milestones and make determinations about resuming production and deliveries accordingly.

During this time, it is our plan that affected employees will continue 737-related work, or be temporarily assigned to other teams in Puget Sound. As we have throughout the 737 MAX grounding, we will keep our customers, employees, and supply chain top of mind as we continue to assess appropriate actions. This will include efforts to sustain the gains in production system and supply chain quality and health made over the last many months.

We will provide financial information regarding the production suspension in connection with our 4Q19 earnings release in late January.

As of December 13, the transport union intends to extend the strike at least through December 17, additional days expected though the holidays!

Flights to, from and over France are running as normal as of December 13th, but if you’re client’s are flying into Paris, connection services between the city and the airport are badly disrupted. Agents are advised book either one of the Paris Airport private bus services or a taxi or car service.

20% of flights departing Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) have been canceled beginning Thursday, December 5th, with about 13% of them being delayed.

Air France said to cancel 30 percent of its internal flights, while Ryanair and British Airways also said they had to make cancellations.

UPDATE: One fifth of flights in France to be hit by Thursday's strike action

The civil authority has asked airlines operating in France to reduce their number of scheduled flights by 20 percent on Thursday due to ground staff and air traffic controllers joining the mass walk-out.

Air France flights will be the most affected as it has 11 unions representing various workers in the company on strike beginning Thursday, Decemeber 5th.

The national carrier said 30 percent of internal flights in France will be cancelled as well as 15 percent of short to medium haul international flights.

Easyjet gave a statement to The Local on Wednesday morning confirming cancellations.

“As a result of the strike, easyJet has to cancel a proportion of its French programme and 233 flights, of which 70 are UK touching, have been cancelled. We are also expecting other flights to experience delays,” the statement read.

“Due to an increased volume of calls expected to the call centre, we advise customers travelling o December 5th to check the status of their flights on our Flight Tracker page or manage their bookings using our disruption portal on our mobile app or website at

“Any customers affected by cancellations are eligible for a refund or a free of charge transfer to a new flight.