Boeing expects resumption of 737 MAX flights in January 2020

The Boeing Company, USA, expects the resumption of commercial flights of its Boeing 737 MAX airliners in January 2020, their delivery to airlines may begin in December 2019, Boeing stated in its press release published on Monday on the company’s official website.

Boeing is making every effort to obtain certification from the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the operation of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), the failure of which led to air crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

“Based on such a schedule, resumption of 737 MAX supplies may occur in December(..). In parallel, we are working towards final validation of the updated training requirements, which must occur before the MAX returns to commercial service, and which we now expect to begin in January”, Boeing concluded.

Boeing noted that the corporation’s priority remains to ensure the safe return of the 737 MAX to operation, and expressed its confidence in the attainability of the task.

Boeing informed, “We work closely with the FAA and other regulatory bodies in connection with the fact that our goal is to obtain certification and a safe return to commercial flights, so we need time to answer their questions. With all thorough checks, we are confident that 737 MAX will be one of the safest aircraft ever to fly to the sky.”

On November 9, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines announced that they could postpone the resumption of Boeing-737 MAX operations until early March 2020.

The operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was suspended after two air crashes. On March 10, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people. On October 29, 2018, 189 people became victims of the crash of an aircraft of a similar model of Lion Air in Indonesia.

Boeing management acknowledged that in both cases, on board the aircraft, before they crashed, there was a malfunction in the maneuverability improvement system. After that, many countries, including Russia, the United States and the European Union, for safety reasons, suspended the operation of aircraft of this series. American Airlines and many other carriers said they would temporarily not use aircraft.

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