Flights of Boeing 737 MAXs to resume no earlier than the beginning of 2020

The renewal deadlines for Boeing 737 MAXs are likely to shift for 2020, Trend reported with reference to TASS on Thursday, as earlier The New York Times reported with reference to officials familiar with the situation around this type of airliners, whose flights were suspended after two air crashes.

The Boeing Corporation expected the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin the process of returning the airliners to service this year, the newspaper said. However, “it now seems increasingly likely that the flight ban will continue in 2020, given the need for a series of tests that Boeing must complete before the aircraft are allowed to fly.” Referring to the FAA representatives’ opinion, the newspaper indicates that the flight ban can be lifted no earlier than the end of January, after which airlines will need several weeks to prepare the Boeing 737 MAX for commercial operation.

Flights of Boeing 737 MAXs were suspended after two serious 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 owned by Lion Air, Indonesia. Boeing management acknowledged that in both cases on board 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.

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