FAA official echoes Boeing timeline for return of Max

Nellie Chapman
June 14, 2019

"American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon", the airline said in a statement announcing the new cancellations.

On Tuesday, the 11th of June 2019, the world's No. 1 low-priced aircraft carrier maker, US-based Boeing Co. said that its deliveries had faltered by 56 percent on May on a year-on-year basis, while its best-selling Max 737 remained grounded following a fatal air crash on March 10th.

It's not possible to give an exact date as work progresses on safety fixes to the aircraft, Ali Bahrami, the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for aviation safety, said in an interview Wednesday at a conference in Cologne, Germany.

Muilenburg said last week on CNBC that he expected that the Max would be back in the air by the end of the year.

Knowing when the plane could fly again would help airlines to cope with the disruption caused by the mid-range aircraft 737 Max, the most popular model of Boeing.

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Forensics experts comb through the dirt for debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019.

The crash was the second involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 within five months after a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia in October 2018.

"We'd like to get it flying again so when customers get on it, they realize it's been flying potentially for weeks", said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American.

United Continental Holdings Inc. has removed the Max from its flight schedule through August 3, while Southwest, the biggest Max operator, has set August 5 for its return.

The Dallas-based airline announced Thursday morning it would adjust its schedules to remove 737 Max 8 flights through September 2, according to a statement posted to the company's website.

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