Boeing is in discussions with banks regarding a loan of at least $10 billion. Reuters reports that is to help the planemaker cope with the mounting costs it has faced due to the grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft.
The news of this loan follows the reports that the Federal Aviation Administration may delay the aircraft’s safety approval till after March. This is a blow for the company as it means that its aircraft will continue to be inactive for a longer time, which in turn will increase its costs.
Boeing already raised the amount it has earmarked in compensation money to airlines. An amount of $4.9 billion was initially claimed to be set aside last summer but now reports are stating that this has now increased to $6.1 billion.
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The firm has already reached compensation deals with several carriers. However, many are still seeking greater payouts. This is due to how much the grounding is having a cumulative effect on their operations.
Many carriers have struggled to cope with covering their operations with other aircraft and have had to spend money on alternative solutions. With the aircraft’s reintroduction continuing to be delayed, these airlines are also piling up their costs along with Boeing.
Additionally, it could take months for airlines to implement their own checks, maintenance and training procedures after the plane is cleared by authorities. Therefore, they are likely to request even more compensation than before.
Furthermore, Boeing has to cover the fees that come with the 737 MAX saga. The FAA has recently proposed a $5.4 million fine for the company. This is reportedly due to the installation of nonconforming slat tracks on over 175 of the planes.
Boeing did not shed any further light on the loan situation with Reuters. However, it did comment about the suspension of its 737 MAX production in its facility in Renton, Washington.
“MAX production has now been temporarily suspended inside the 737 factory. The Renton site remains open as our teams focus their work on several quality initiatives,” the manufacturer shared, as reported by Reuters.
It’s approaching a year since the aircraft type was grounded following two fatal incidents. Altogether, the safety of passengers on future operations is the most important factor at stake. Therefore, it’s important that the reintroduction is not rushed, even if it means more costs for Boeing.
Simple Flying reached out to Boeing for further comment on the reports of it planning to receive a $10 billion loan. However, a spokesperson informed us that it is not something that it would comment on.
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