Boeing expects grounded 737Max to return to service by March 2020

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2019

Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndrone declined to comment in detail on the audit but said the company was "continuing to work with the regulators to safely return the Max to service".

Bloomberg reported Hulst had claimed Boeing was working with U.S. regulators to get the 737 MAX back into service in that country in this quarter itself.

The Boeing 737Max aircraft, considered a more fuel-efficient plane than its predecessors, was grounded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on 13 March, in line with other regulators worldwide, following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737Max aircraft near Addis Ababa on 10 March, killing 157 people which included four Indians.

Boeing said it provided technical documents to regulators "in a format consistent with past submissions".

The changes were among issues flagged during a weekend meeting between US Federal Aviation Administration and European Union Aviation Safety Agency officials, according to Reuters.

Boeing is updating flight control software at the centre of both crashes.

Boeing is now overhauling the system by making it easier for pilots to override it and plans to return the aircraft to the skies.

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Many carriers have taken the Max off schedules into 2020. Boeing assumed that pilots would use longstanding procedures for handling a nose-down pitch of the plane even if they didn't know what caused it. Muilenburg's compensation past year was worth $23.4 million, including a $13.1 million bonus and $7.3 million in stock awards.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg confronted robust questions from United States senators, who're a part of Senate Commerce Committee, on October 29 about each the crashes and whether or not the corporate hid details about MCAS from regulators.

"While this happens we continue to work with the FAA and global regulators on certification of the software for safe return of the Max to service".

Parker said at an investor conference in Chicago that he based his prediction on discussions American has held with Boeing and the FAA.

In addition to damaging Boeing's image, the grounding of the 737 MAX has also severely affected airlines that bought the aircraft in the hope of boosting revenue.

A top Boeing executive insisted Wednesday the aviation giant was confident its controversial 737 Max jets could be flying again before the end of the year.

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