Boeing’s 737 Max jet could stay grounded significantly longer than expected after two fatal crashes.
A US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said Wednesday that the plane will be back in the air by December.
Other airline industry figures had suggested the plane could return to the skies this summer. A longer delay would be another blow to Boeing, which is having its worst year in decades.
The FAA needs to approve a software update before the 737 Max can fly again. In the meantime, airlines are demanding compensation and investigations loom over Boeing and the FAA.
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated Wednesday that Boeing’s 737 Max planes, which have been grounded around the world since March, could be out of action for even longer than expected.
Ali Bahrami, the FAA’s associate administrator for aviation safety, said at a speech in Europe that the plane will likely be airborne again by December.
He was speaking at at a safety conference held by the FAA and Europe’s EASA regulator.
He said that the FAA is under a lot “lot of pressure” and that the plane will return to the skies “when we believe it is safe,” Bloomberg reported.
Read more: As Boeing’s problems mount, there’s still no clear answer about when the 737 Max will return to the skies
The question of when the Max may return has proved a vexed one since its grounding after two fatal crashes.
After the planes were taken out of the skies, Boeing began work on a software update which it says will make them safe again.
The update has been submitted to the FAA, which must approve it before the plane can re-enter service. Other global regulators would then decide whether to follow suit.
The FAA has said that it does not have a timeline …read more
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