Boeing 737 MAX Could Return Earlier than Midyear

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that it is pleased with the progress made by Boeing to get its 737 MAX series re-certified for safely return into service.

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FAA pleased with Boeing’s progress on 737 MAX  Photo: Reuters

FAA called major U.S. airline officials namely Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines on Friday and told them that the aircraft could return to service before midyear. 

However, just three days ago on 21st January, Boeing warned the airlines not to expect the 737 MAX flying again before midyear.

The aircraft has been grounded since March last year, after following two deadly crashes killing a total of 346 people on board.

“While the FAA continues to follow a thorough, deliberate process, the agency is pleased with Boeing’s process in recent weeks toward achieving key milestones.” FAA said in a statement.

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Over 400 already built MAX are in Boeing storage Photo: Reuters

“Safety is the top priority, and the FAA continues to work with other safety regulators to ensure that Boeing has addressed all known issues with the aircraft.” the agency added.

Boeing on 21st January said, “We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020. This updated estimate is informed by our experience to date with the certification process.”

“It is subject to our ongoing attempts to address known schedule risks and further developments that may arise in connection with the certification process.” Boeing said in its statement. “Returning the MAX safely to service is our number one priority and we are confident that will happen.”

This 737 MAX grounding has cost Boeing around $10 billion after its grounding last year.

Boeing (BA) stock closed up nearly 2% on Friday after trading lower before the FAA statement. However, Boeing and the major U.S. carriers had no immediate response.

Airlines have already said that they will need at least 30 days after the FAA grants approval for pilot training, software updates and required maintenance.

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Boeing cut its 737 MAX production lastly Photo: Reuters

Boeing has also cut the production of the MAX series from this month after its supplier stated to discontinue the supply.

Read more on: Boeing 737 MAX Production To Be Suspended In January 2020

Meanwhile, Boeing also postponed its 777X maiden flight because if inclement weather. Boeing will try again on Saturday i.e. 25th of January starting at 10 a.m.

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