BOE­ING TAR­GETS DE­CEM­BER FOR NEW MAX DE­LIV­ER­IES

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Boe­ing be­lieves it could re­sume de­liv­er­ies of its grounded 737 MAX model as early as in De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a progress re­port re­leased by the com­pany on Novem­ber 11 this year. The re­port also out­lined five key mile­stones the com­pany needs to reach with the FAA be­fore the air­craft returns to ser­vice in the US. The first, an FAA eCab

sim­u­la­tor cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ses­sion, has been com­pleted. Boe­ing em­pha­sised that it is still tar­get­ing the fi­nal quar­ter of 2019 for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the air­craft’s up­dated flight con­trol soft­ware. “Based on this sched­ule, it is pos­si­ble that the re­sump­tion of MAX de­liv­er­ies to air­line cus­tomers could be­gin in De­cem­ber, af­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, when the FAA is­sues an Air­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive re­scind­ing the ground­ing or­der,” Boe­ing said. “In par­al­lel, we are work­ing to­wards fi­nal val­i­da­tion of the up­dated train­ing re­quire­ments, which must oc­cur be­fore the MAX returns to com­mer­cial ser­vice and which we now ex­pect to be­gin in Jan­uary.”

The mile­stones still to be ac­com­plished in­clude a “multi-day sim­u­la­tor ses­sion with air­line pi­lots to as­sess hu­man fac­tors and crew work­load,” an FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion flight test, sub­mis­sion of the “fi­nal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion de­liv­er­ables and arte­facts” to the FAA and a sim­u­la­tor train­ing eval­u­a­tion by the Joint Op­er­a­tional Eval­u­a­tion Board ( JOEB). In the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber this year, both

South­west and Amer­i­can Air­lines pushed the ex­pected re­turn to ser­vice dates for their MAXs to March 2020. The MAX was grounded in March 2019 af­ter the fa­tal crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Air­lines Flight 302.

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