Boeing temporarily storing 737 MAX planes in Moses Lake

Boeing temporarily storing 737 MAX planes in Moses Lake
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Boeing is temporarily storing a handful of 737 MAX planes in Moses Lake. 

Boeing 737 MAX planes are being temporarily stored at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, the company confirmed Tuesday.

“We are using resources across the Boeing enterprise during the pause in 737 MAX deliveries. In addition to our Puget Sound facilities and the Boeing San Antonio site, we will temporarily store airplanes in Moses Lake as part of our inventory management plan,” said Boeing Spokesman Peter P. Pedraza.

Boeing would not confirm how many planes were being held there.

The 737 MAX planes were grounded in mid-March following fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. The company has been working to find a fix to the automatic safety feature, which is the focus of the crash investigations. CNN reported there is not yet a time frame for the 737 MAX’s return to service.

On Monday, Internaional Airlines Group announced it plans to buy 200 of the jets. Boeing and IAG announced the letter of intent on the purchase at the Paris Air Show. IAG is the owner of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and several other European carriers.

The large backlog of 737 MAX orders means that IAG is unlikely to receive any planes for several years.

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