Tuesday, 21 January 2020

More delays for the reintroduction of the Boeing 737 MAX to service

The US manufacturer Boeing has issued a statement regarding the reintroduction of the 737 Max jets, delaying it until mid-2020.

The firm says its best estimate for the "ungrounding" will begin during mid-2020. This updated estimate is informed by Boeing's experience to date with the certification process. "It is subject to our ongoing attempts to address known schedule risks and further developments that may arise in connection with the certification process. It also accounts for the rigorous scrutiny that regulatory authorities are rightly applying at every step of their review of the 737 MAX's flight control system and the Joint Operations Evaluation Board process which determines pilot training requirements."

Returning the MAX safely to service is Boeing's number one priority, it regrets the continued difficulties its grounding has had on customers, regulators, suppliers, and featuring last in Boeing's list in order of importance is the flying public. 

More details on the costs of the 737 Max grounding will be released by Boeing next week in its quarterly financial disclosures.

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