Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boeing 737 Max to be flying again by December, FAA official says

Boeing 737 Max to be flying again by December, FAA official says

In a statement, it said it "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 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month disclosed a new problem involving Boeing's grounded 737 MAX, saying that more than 300 of the troubled plane, and the prior generation 737 may contain improperly manufactured parts and that the agency will require these parts to be quickly replaced.

While the FAA is "under a lot of pressure", the MAX will be returned to service "when we believe it will be safe", Bloomberg reported, quoting Ali Bahrami, FAA's associate administrator for aviation safety.

Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said that because the timeline for the plane's return to service is unknown, the airline has removed all 737 Max aircraft from its schedule until at least September 2. USA safety regulators have said they've set no time frame for signing off on Boeing's proposed repairs for the jet.

The FAA isn't the only regulator that holds sway over returning the Max to the skies.

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Neither Boeing nor the Federal Aviation Administration has given a clear, public indication of when the 737 Max will receive approval to resume making commercial flights in the USA.

The grounded Boeing 737 Max is "highly likely" to be flying by mid-August, American Airlines Group Inc. chief executive Doug Parker told shareholders on Wednesday.

Hailu said the airline will only fly the aircraft after it had been certified and flown by American and European airlines, adding that Boeing would have to also train its pilots on the technicalities of the aircraft.

The accidents of Lion Air in Indonesia, at the end of October 2018, and of Ethiopian Airlines, last March, They uncovered the malfunction of the automated MCAS system that equips the 737 MAX.

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