Boeing debates buying Spirit AeroSystems after alarming 737 MAX safety concerns

Boeing is reportedly discussing the possibility of buying its former affiliate Spirit AeroSystems as the two companies continue to face safety concerns with the 737 MAX jets.

Both Boeing and Spirit have been under intense scrutiny from the public after a string of alarming production mishaps, including the blowout of a door plug on the fuselage of a 737 MAX 9 in January, causing the Alaska Airlines jet to make an emergency landing just after departing from Portland, Oregon.

Spirit hired bankers to deliberate its options in moving forward with Boeing, an anonymous source close to the conversation told the Wall Street Journal.

“We believe that the reintegration of Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems’ manufacturing operations would further strengthen aviation safety, improve quality and serve the interests of our customers, employees and shareholders,” Boeing officials said
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