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Kelly: State May Need to Help Spirit Until 737 Max Flies Again

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says that the state may have to help pay workers at aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems to keep them on the assembly line if the Boeing 737 Max stays grounded much longer.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Kelly said she talked with Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems CEO Tom Gentile on Tuesday, one day after Boeing announced that it was temporarily halting production of the 737 Max as it struggles to get approval from regulators to put the plane back in the air.

Spirit has continued to build 737 Max fuselages and now has dozens lined up on a tarmac near the company’s south Wichita factory.


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