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Boeing wins $6.5 billion United States defense contract: Pentagon

American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX jets. Photograph:( Reuters )

Agencies Washington, California, United States of America Jun 15, 2019, 10.24 AM (IST)

Boeing Co has been awarded a $6.5 billion US defence contract for Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits, spares, repairs and technical services, the Pentagon said on Friday.

More than 300 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 passenger jets around the world were taken out of service earlier this year following two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed almost 350 people in all.

The crashes triggered investigations by aviation regulators and US lawmakers and left Chicago-based Boeing facing one of the biggest crises in its more than 100-year history.

Boeing's chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a CNBC interview that the company hasn't received any orders for its 737 Max planes since the aircraft was grounded following two deadly crashes.

 

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More than 300 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 passenger jets around the world were taken out of service earlier this year following two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed almost 350 people in all.