Boeing will temporarily halt production of its troubled 737 Max airliner in January, the manufacturer said.

Production of the jet had continued despite the model being grounded for nine months after two deadly crashes.

Aviation analyst Chris Tarry told the Today programme that it will not be easy to restart production quickly.

“The last thing any manufacturer wants is to stop the production line and it’s going to take time to get it going again when the aircraft takes to the skies,” he said.

“If we look at it in terms of the volume of the impact on capacity growth in the industry, it is significant and it will take time to recover the production. Boeing’s reputation will take time to recover from this as well.”

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