737 MAX updates
BOEING has estimated its 737 MAX will receive authorisation from regulators to return to service in “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,” Boeing said.
It also accounts for the rigorous scrutiny that regulatory authorities are 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.
MEANWHILE, Boeing’s statement prompted WestJet to remove the aircraft from its schedule through to 24 Jun, with affected travellers to be contacted in due course.
The airline has completed more than 98% of planned departures despite its 13 737 MAX aircraft remaining grounded.