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An FAA official told US airlines the grounded Boeing 737 Max could be approved to return to service before mid year, sources say

25.1.2020

An FAA official told US airlines the grounded Boeing 737 Max could be approved to return to service before mid year, sources say

The Boeing 737 Max, which has been grounded since March, has been taken out of the flight schedules of several major airlines through June.

A Boeing 737 Max 9 flown by United Airlines landing at San Francisco International Airport in 2019. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Federal Aviation Administrator Steve Dickson recently told senior US airline officials that the organization could approve the 737 Max to return to service before mid year, sources say. The plane has been grounded since March, and several airlines have taken it off of their flight schedules through June. The FAA said in a statement that it is "pleased with Boeing's progress in recent weeks toward achieving key milestones." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Aviation Administrator Steve Dickson has called senior U.S. airline officials Friday and told them that the agency could approve the grounded Boeing 737 MAX's return to service before mid-year, people briefed on the calls said Friday. Dickson's calls come days after Boeing said it was pushing back its timeline for approval of the plane's return and "currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020." A person briefed on one of Dickson's calls with the airlines said he told officials the Boeing mid-year timeline is "very conservative." Boeing's best-selling plane has been grounded since March after two fatal crashes killed 346 people. Boeing's stock erased losses on the news and was up 2%. The agency confirmed in a statement Friday that Dickson is making calls "to reiterate that the FAA has set no time frame for completion of certification work on the aircraft." The agency added it is "pleased with Boeing's progress in recent weeks toward achieving key milestones." The FAA added that "safety is the top priority, and the FAA continues to work with other safety regulators to ensure that Boeing has addressed all known issues with the aircraft." FAA approval before mid-year could only happen if Boeing continues to make complete and thorough submissions, the official said, and emphasized that unforeseen issues could always potentially delay approval. American Airlines Group Inc, United Airlines Holdings Inc and Southwest Airlines Co have all pushed back the resumption of MAX flights until early June. This week, United told investors it does not expect to fly the Boeing 737 MAX this summer. After Boeing revised its timeline this week, no U.S. carrier took any immediate action to extend flight cancellations. Airlines have said they will need at least 30 days after the FAA grants approval for pilot training, software updates and required maintenance. Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun told reporters this week the company could resume production in April. Calhoun said the mid-year timetable came after the planemaker endorsed a plan for pilots to do simulator training before they resume flying the MAX. (Reuters reporting by David Shepardson, editing by Franklin Paul and Cynthia Osterman) Get the latest Boeing stock price Read more: Business Insider

Problem lies in it's flawed aerodynamics and not the MCAS. 737MAX ok not sure if I want to fly in one of those just yet

Boeing won't wait for FAA approval to start building 737 Max againBoeing plans to restart the production of the troubled 737 Max months before regulators approve the plane to fly again, CEO Dave Calhoun said Wednesday. If I ever find my flight will be one ...... I am going to demand my money back.....I have no faith or trust in them... Just what could go wrong? I'm guessing FAA approval is just down the Pike? Safety be damned.

Southwest Airlines beat earnings estimates despite hit from grounded Boeing 737 MaxSouthwest Airlines beat fourth-quarter estimates.

Southwest Airlines fourth-quarter profit fell 21% after Boeing 737 Max grounding drove up costsSouthwest Airlines fourth-quarter profits tumbled more than 21% because of additional costs related to the grounded Boeing 737 Max.

American Airlines' profits jump despite Boeing 737 Max problems“We’re obviously disappointed to see the return to service date likely moving back,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says about the 737 Max. Despite the ongoing grounding, American posted higher profits in Q4.

Southwest Airlines profits tumble after Boeing 737 Max grounding drove up costs“We need to get this thing done and get the Max back up in the air.” Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says there needs to be transparency and strong performance for passengers to feel confident in the safety of Boeing’s 737 Max. Let’s have the CEO’s and the Boeing execs and engineers test drive it for a few months.

American Airlines profit jumps despite Boeing 737 Max problems“We’re obviously disappointed to see the return to service date likely moving back,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says about the 737 Max. Despite the ongoing grounding, American posted higher profits in Q4. Only a fool would buy a tix on the 737 Max. Nobody is upset the return to service date got pushed back. Push it back even farther



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