Boeing 737 Max Unlikely To Carry Passengers Before 2021

Boeing. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by SeongJoon Cho.

Boeing Co. ’s 737 MAX isn’t likely to resume widespread passenger flights until early next year—nearly two months beyond previous expectations—due to another regulatory delay, according to U.S. government and industry officials.

The latest timeline, these officials said, anticipates the Federal Aviation Administration won’t finish work to lift its March 2019 grounding order until late October or early November, because the agency has decided to ask for public comments before finalizing software and hardware changes. Regulators overseas could take days or weeks longer to concur in those decisions.

Completing pilot training and maintenance checks—and obtaining final FAA approval for those tasks for individual airlines—is expected to stretch well into December, according to the officials. Only then will the MAX—responsible for two fatal crashes that took 346 lives—be ready to return to commercial service.

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