Boeing announced on Tuesday that it is targeting the return of the grounded 737 MAX airplanes to the sky for mid-2020.
“We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020,” the company said in a statement.
In 2018, all 346 people on board the two flights- a Lion Air 737 MAX 8, and the same model operated by Ethiopian Airlines in March- were killed in the crashes, causing worldwide grounding of Boeing MAX jets. The planemaker had suspended production of these jets, shifting its focus to deliver 400 of them kept in storage in December.
“It (updated estimate) 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,” Boeing added.
The company’s 777X is set to undertake its first flight on Thursday. “After years of design and testing, it’s almost time to fly. The 777X will make its first flight as early as January 23, subject to weather and other factors,” the company said.
The 777X flight initially had been planned for summer 2019 but was shifted back due to a number of issues, including with a new engine built by General Electric. In September 2019, the fuselage of the aircraft reportedly split during a stress test, pushing the flight date.
Boeing has shared messages exchanged between its employees in the months leading up to 2018 Boeing 737 MAX crashes with the investigators, some of which relates to development and qualification of MAX simulators. “In December, Boeing proactively brought these communications to the FAAs attention in furtherance of the companys commitment to transparency with our regulator and strong safety oversight of our industry,” the company said in a
Turkish Airlines and Boeing have agreed on compensation for losses from grounded and undelivered 737 Max aircraft, a statement from Turkey's flag carrier said Wednesday. "Boeing will cover some of our loss and the revenue that we cannot generate because our grounded aircraft are not used in operations," said the statement on a public disclosure platform
Boeing announced a “temporary” halt to production of 737-Max passenger jets even as it is making efforts to deliver 400 aircraft kept “in storage” which had not been picked up by Airlines due to lack of safety clearance. In 2018, all 346 people on board the two flights- a Lion Air 737 Max 8, and the same model operated by Ethiopian Airlines in March- were killed in the crashes, causing worldwide grounding of Boeing MAX planes
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