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Boeing to Temporarily Shut Down 737 Max Production
By David Gelles and Natalie Kitroeff
Dec. 16, 2019
Halting production of the plane will most likely hurt parts suppliers and could have a broader effect on the American economy.
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Boeing will temporarily stop making the 737 Max, its most popular passenger jet. The
decision is the culmination of the worst crisis in the company’s
103-year history and follows two crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing
had repeatedly signaled that the plane would be cleared to return to the
sky before the end of the year.
decision could ripple through the American economy. The company is
America’s largest manufacturing exporter and it views the 737 Max as
critical to its future.
will have enormous ripple effects,” said Susan Houseman, director of
research for the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. “It will have
very real effects on many people’s lives, and it’s never good for this
to happen right before the holidays.”
said it intended to redeploy the roughly 12,000 workers building the
Max in its factory in Renton, Wash., to other projects, avoiding layoffs
or furloughs for the time being.
will try to manage the disruption to suppliers, though it did not give
details. It may continue to accept parts from major suppliers, so that
when the company restarts the Max line production can be quickly ramped
up. Other suppliers are likely to endure significant financial pain if
Boeing’s shutdown halts part of their assembly line for a period of
Using what you have learned in this unit, explain which one of the six decision rules that people use to make ethical decisions appears to have been used in this situation, and why
respond substantively to least two of your classmates, weighing in
regarding your thoughts about what they have expressed.
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