Boeing resumed 737 MAX production in Renton.
“Today, teams in Renton started to warm up the factory’s central production line,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal in a message to employees Wednesday afternoon.
The MAX has been grounded since soon after the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines MAX in March 2019, following the crash of a Lion Air MAX in Indonesia less than five months earlier, with a combined death toll of 346 people.
As engineers worked on a fix for the flawed flight control system that brought down the two airliners, Boeing continued to build the plane at a lower production rate.
Boeing is hoping to win FAA clearance for the MAX in late summer or early fall.