No timetable for Boeing 737 MAX's return to service, says FAA

Lester Mason
June 14, 2019

"It is not possible to advance an exact date while working on security solutions for the aircraft "said Ali Bahrami, a partner administrator for aviation security for the United States regulator, in an interview during an aviation security conference in Cologne, Germany".

Knowing when the aircraft may return to service would help airlines contend with the disruption caused by the grounding of the narrow-body Max, Boeing's most popular model.

Last week the director of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, had projected the return of the 737 MAX to the skies by the end of the year, according to the chain CNBC, and and Bahrami said Wednesday that the assessment was correct.

Executives and other staff will join American pilots on flights as soon as regulators certify that the Max is cleared for travel, and before September 4, which is the earliest date commercial trips will resume, American Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said at the carrier's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday.

Boeing is finalizing a software fix for a flight-control system malfunction linked to the accidents involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as proposed new pilot training.

American Airlines has said the economic impact of the grounded Max would be about US$350 million between its worldwide grounding in mid-March and August 19, when the airline initially envisioned flying the jets again.

Boeing is now working on the development of a modified version of this specific software model 737 MAX and hopes that the FAA and its foreign counterparts will again authorize them to fly again, which could happen in December, according to Bahrami.

Before the jet flies commercially, Parker said he and other executives would fly in the MAX and noted that if American pilots were comfortable taking up the aircraft, over time, the flying public would recognize that it is safe. The company had earlier aimed to increase output to 57 monthly in the second half of the year.

Global airlines that had rushed to buy the fuel-efficient, longer-range aircraft have since canceled flights and scrambled to cover routes that were previously flown by the MAX.

Boeing fell.66 percent to $347.03.

The 737 Max has been grounded in much of the world since March following two deadly crashes that killed almost 350 people.

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