Boeing, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, is all set to resume the 737 Max for commercial airline services. The Boeing 737 Max can be up in the sky as soon as next week, depending on the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As per a report from Bloomberg, the regulator might announce the updated certification for the aircraft on November 18. Boeing has already started sharing the plans related to the aircraft with the lawmakers which are subject to change. More details on the story ahead.
Boeing 737 Max Can be on Skies Again Starting Next Week
The U.S. aviation regulator is still in the process of completing the review, which should be done in a few days. Steve Dickson, the FAA administrator, said that the review would be finished “in the coming days”, but didn’t specify a date.
A thing worth noting here is that the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max is the longest grounding of a jetliner in the history of the U.S. aviation industry. The comeback of the 737 Max would contribute to Boeing’s effort to boost its commercial aircraft business.
At the same time, European regulators have expressed that they are satisfied with the changes Boeing has made in the aircraft. Even after the approval though, the 737 Max wouldn’t go under commercial services straightaway. The airline pilots will have to undergo training for flying the 737 Max again.
American Airlines has plans for using the Boeing 737 Max from December 29, 2020, in the busy route of Miami and New York. As of now, the regulator is reviewing the physical fixes brought to the system; the same system which came out to be faulty, resulting in pilots losing the control of the aircraft.
Additionally, a new set of guidelines will be issued by the agency briefing the maintenance requirements by any airline that intends to use the aircraft for commercial use.
For the unaware, the Boeing 737 Max was grounded back in 2019 after the aircraft model was involved in two fatal crashes resulting in the death of 346 people. FAA’s shortcomings in certifying the aircraft were blamed after the two crashes.