Boeing's 737 MAX likely to remain out of service until January 2020
THE need to remedy flight-control software problems of Boeing's 737 MAX are making it likely that the aircraft will stay grounded until January, reports the Wall Street Journal
THE need to remedy flight-control software problems of Boeing's 737 MAX are making it likely that the aircraft will stay grounded until January, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The software also needs to be certified and the pilots need training on how to use the software.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (F) said on June 26 that there is no prescribed timeline for returning the Boeing 737 MAX to service as it evaluates Boeing's software modifications.
'Boeing is working very closely with the F on the process they have laid out to certify the 737 MAX software update and safely return the MAX to service,' Boeing told New York's FreightWaves.
'The disciplined development and testing work underway is based on a rigorous analysis by our technical experts of the F requirements. We will submit the final software package to the F once we have satisfied all of their certification requirements.'
The company added: 'We have said all along that the regulatory authorities determine the process for certifying the MAX software and training updates and the timing for lifting the grounding order. We will not comment on media speculation on that schedule.'
Year-to-date, 113 of the 239 commercial aircraft Boeing delivered were 737s.
With the timeline for putting the B737s back into service remaining open-ended, American Airlines is extending its cancellations of using the B737 MAX from September to November 2. It said on July 14 that 115 flights per day would be affected.