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Arconic Quality Issue Marred Boeing 737 Max Debut

  • Concern over engines led to temporary grounding of new 737
  • Plane’s initial deliveries were slowed, people familiar said

Boeing Co. briefly suspended flights of its new, hot-selling 737 Max jetliner last month because of a possible flaw in an engine part produced by Arconic Inc., people familiar with the matter said.

The identity of the manufacturer wasn’t publicly disclosed after the issue grounded the high-profile jetliner days before its debut. The revelation is another blow to Arconic, which is facing possible lawsuits for supplying panels linked to the deadly London high-rise blaze earlier this month.

CFM International, the General Electric Co.-Safran SA joint venture that makes the engine, recalled about 30 engines from Boeing to remove turbine discs forged by New York-based Arconic, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. That slowed initial deliveries of the 737...