Chastised by the highest US aviation regulator, Boeing, on Thursday, finally acknowledged that its 727 MAX aircraft wouldn’t return to the skies till next year. The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Steve Dickson, met Thursday with Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg to specific concerns the corporate is rushing to get the jets back within the air, the agency stated.
The Federal Aviation Administration has stressed it wants a thorough overview of the 737 MAX, which has been grounded globally since March following two fatal crashes.
Boeing had repeatedly stated it expected to win the green light for the MAX to return to service earlier than 2020.
That underscores Dickson’s statements on Wednesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration will be unable to certify the 737 MAX to get back to service this year, given the number of steps left to finish.
Main carriers with 737 MAX jets of their fleets have signaled skepticism about Boeing’s more optimistic timeline and forecast return-to-service dates within the first quarter of 2020.
Boeing and the FAA have been underneath intense scrutiny for their responses to issues with the aircraft, including the flight-handling system involved in each accident, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.
In the meantime, American Airlines stated Thursday it had pushed back its return-to-service date for the MAX to April 7 from March 4, including that passengers booked on MAX flights between those dates would see their reservations rescheduled.
Earlier on Thursday, Southwest stated it had reached a confidential agreement with Boeing, partially compensating the airline for prices associated with the grounding of the jets.