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Boeing temporarily storing 737 Max jets at Grant County International Airport

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for Turkish Airlines takes off on a test flight in Renton, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for Turkish Airlines takes off on a test flight in Renton, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Boeing is temporarily storing its grounded 737 Max jets at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Northwest News Network reported Monday.

Boeing’s 737 Max jets were grounded in mid-March following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The company is working on a fix for the plane’s automatic safety feature.

Boeing is continuing production of the 737 Max, but the jets can’t be delivered to customers until government regulators approve updated flight control software, according to the Northwest News Network.

International Airlines Group, the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia, announced Monday it is planning to buy 200 of Boeing’s 737 Max jets. The two companies signed a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show in a deal valued at more than $24 million, according to Boeing.

Boeing is running out of space to park the jets in the Puget Sound region, so it began moving them to the Grant County International Airport last week, the Northwest News Network reported.

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