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Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at a “low” rate following two deadly crashes that led to the aircraft’s global grounding by regulators, the company said Wednesday.The jet hasn’t flown commercially since March 2019 and is still a number of key steps away from being cleared for service by the US Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators.Boeing said work on the MAX had resumed at the company’s Renton, Washington factory as it implements initiatives to enhance workplace safety and product quality. Topics : Earlier Tuesday, Boeing released details on a downsizing plan to cut total headcount by 10 percent, or roughly 16,000 employees in all.The company said it approved 5,520 US employees for voluntary layoffs and was notifying another 6,770 staff members that they would be involuntarily let go. “We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program.The aerospace giant had shut production in January amid uncertainty over when regulators would clear the jet to fly again. Even before the hit from the coronavirus, the MAX crisis had cost Boeing billions of dollars in compensation for airlines and production expenses, including the cost to store more than 400 planes that could not be delivered to customers. Since that time, Boeing’s troubles have deepened as its airline customers have been thrust into a fight for survival due to plunging travel demand from coronavirus shutdowns.
Advertisement Nacho Monreal has joined Real Sociedad after six-and-a-half years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has commended Nacho Monreal for his ‘professionalism’ after Arsenal confirmed their long-serving left-back has joined Real Sociedad.The Spain international’s first team place has been jeopardised by the summer signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic and continued presence of Sead Kolasinac in Unai Emery’s first team squad.With Tierney unlikely to make his Arsenal debut until late September at the earliest due to injuy, Monreal had started the new season as Arsenal’s first choice left-back with Emery reverting to a flat back four.Monreal wore the captain’s armband against Liverpool last weekend and Emery had hoped that the 33-year-old would turn out one last time for Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFor six-and-a-half years of service, for 250 appearances, for 10 goals, for 20 assists, for three FA Cups, for those equalisers at Old Trafford and Wembley, for your unwavering consistency, and for being our very own #LaCabra, we just want to say…THANK YOU, @_nachomonreal! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QCZaMip2AZ— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 31, 2019 Ian Wright sends message to departing Arsenal cult hero Nacho Monreal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 31 Aug 2019 11:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link584Shares Comment Ultimately, however, it was decided that a potential injury against Spurs would unnecessarily scupper a move that Monreal wants to make given the security Sociedad are offering in the shape of a two-year deal, with the option to extend for a third.‘All the best Nacho Monreal,’ club legend Wright wrote on Twitter. ‘Total professional who always gave 100%. Six consistent seasons at the top.’Wright’s praise contrasts starkly to his reaction at the behaviour of Laurent Koscileny who went on strike earlier this summer in a bid to force through a move to Bordeaux.‘This hurts,’ Wright said after Koscielny ripped of an Arsenal top to reveal the colours of his new team upon confirmation of his signing. ‘The level of disrespect. You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after 9 years!‘Got what you wanted and still trying to have a dig. Hope it’s worth it in the long run. So unnecessary. 9 years and you do this…makes no sense.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Marouane Fellaini took advantage of a goalkeeping howler as Manchester United overcame a wobble to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace and close in on Champions League qualification.The Belgian midfielder guided into an empty net 12 minutes from time after Julian Speroni failed to deal with Ashley Young’s cross. Jason Puncheon had come off the bench to level with a deflected free kick for the Eagles following Juan Mata’s first-half opener from the spot.The Red Devils had missed their previous two penalties and had not scored in three matches until the Spaniard coolly converted from 12 yards after Scott Dann was adjudged to have handled Young’s centre.The result means United end a run of three straight defeats and are now seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool. They will qualify for next season’s Champions League if the Merseysiders lose at champions Chelsea on Sunday.Van Gaal had been deprived of Angel Di Maria (training injury) and Robin van Persie (virus) in the lead up to the game and they suffered more woe when Luke Shaw was carried off on a stretcher following a first-half head injury.Wayne Rooney also picked up a knock and did not return for a barnstorming second period which saw David De Gea produce two astonishing saves to keep out Glenn Murray as Palace pressed. The impressive Puncheon also had a big penalty shout turned down when Mata appeared to clip him in the area but the Eagles could not snare the second equaliser their performance probably deserved and they were left to lament Speroni’s moment of madness.–