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Boeing offers its estimation for MAX ungrounding decision

Posted 21 January 2020 · Add Comment

In a statement issued tonight, Boeing has confirmed its expectation that the grounded 737MAX will not be back in service before the mid-year.and reiterated that the lifting of the ban would be the decision of the FAA and other global regulators.

In the statement Boeing said it wanted to help customers and suppliers plan their operations, so would offier its best estimate of when regulators will begin to authorise the ungrounding of the type.

"We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020. This updated estimate is informed by our 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," the company said.

"Returning the MAX safely to service is our number one priority, and we are confident that will happen. We acknowledge and regret the continued difficulties that the grounding of the 737 MAX has presented to our customers, our regulators, our suppliers, and the flying public. We will provide additional information about our efforts to safely return the 737 MAX to service in connection with our quarterly financial disclosures next week."

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