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FAA hits Boeing CEO for thinking 737 Max will soon return to service

US Federal Aviation Administration (F) chief Steve Dickson said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and vice president Stan Deal were unrealistic to think the 737 Max, after multiple-fatality crashes killing 346, would soon return to service

23 December 2019 - 19:06

US Federal Aviation Administration (F) chief Steve Dickson said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and vice president Stan Deal were unrealistic to think the 737 Max, after multiple-fatality crashes killing 346, would soon return to service.

'The F administrator recommended to Mr Muilenburg that Boeing's focus should be on the quality and timeliness of data submittals for F review,' the agency said in an email to lawmakers after the meeting, reported Bloomberg.



'He made clear that F's certification requirements must be 100 per cent complete before return to service,' said he F email.



The meeting - called by the F to address what it said was Boeing's unrealistic timetable for returning the 737 Max to service - was a sign of growing rancour between the two sides and came as scepticism grew that the plane would be able to resume flights soon.



American Airlines has announced that it will further delay a return of the planes to its schedule and Southwest Airlines is considering the same.



Mr Dickson was grilled for hours by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday over the F's decision to allow the 737 Max to continue flying after the initial fatal crash off the coast of Indonesia involving the aircraft on October 29, 2018.



The company said Mr Muilenburg and Mr Deal sought to reassure Mr Dickson that they were committed to addressing 'all the F's questions'.



'We will continue to assess production decisions based on the timing and conditions of return to service, which will be based on regulatory approvals and may vary by jurisdiction,' Boeing said in an emailed statement. '



'We continue to work closely with the F and global regulators towards certification and the safe return to service of the Max,' it said.


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