Commercial service of Boeing 737 aircrafts could begin in January

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2019

The timetable that the company laid out Monday would allow it to generate cash by delivering planes even before the Federal Aviation Administration approves new training material for pilots. Step one was a multi-day eCab simulator evaluation with the FAA to ensure the overall software system performed its intended function, both normally and in the presence of system failures. Boeing's (BA) stock rose 4.5 per cent on the news, on track for its best day since June.

Though Boeing has maintained since the summer that it would be able to get the Max flying again by the fourth quarter, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines recently pulled the plane from their schedules until early March.

The FAA did not immediately comment on Monday but has said it will need 30 days from the time of the certification flight before it could unground the plane.

While it's possible that the MAX's return to service could slip further, omitting the MAX from flight schedules until March will provide certainty for passengers booking now for the early part of the busy spring break period. It still must show regulators those changes during one or more certification flights.

FAA line pilots crew workload evaluation: A separate, multi-day simulator session with airline pilots to assess human factors and crew workload under various test conditions.

The FAA must complete that audit before a key certification test flight can be scheduled.

Another multiday simulator session with pilots representing air safety regulators from around the world to validate training requirements.

Boeing and the FAA successfully concluded the first of these milestones this past week, and are now working towards the FAA line pilots evaluation and the FAA certification flight test. The company has sold only a handful of Max jets since Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in March, and it's concerned because of dwindling wide-body orders partly stemming from the Trump administration's trade war with China.

On Monday, Boeing published a "737 Max Progress Report" updating the latest developing details surrounding the beleaguered bird.

Unlike American and Southwest, United - the third US airline with MAXs grounded and awaiting clearance - has not yet updated its flight schedule. If you have insights, please get in touch with aerospace reporter Dominic Gates at 206-464-2963 or communicate on a confidential and encrypted channel, follow the options available at

"The FAA is following a thorough process for returning the Boeing 737 Max to passenger service", the FAA said in a statement to FOX Business when asked about the report.

"We have a plan in place to inspect the 47 remaining aircraft, nine of which are now in heavy checks, no later than January 31, 2020 - five months earlier than the original FAA accepted completion date of July 1", Southwest said in a statement on Monday. "This may include a phased approach and timing may vary by jurisdiction". "We continue to work with other worldwide aviation safety regulators to review the proposed changes to the aircraft". "China and Russian Federation, however, may take longer", he wrote.

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