© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Grounded Boeing 737 MAX plane are seen parked at Boeing amenities at Grant County Worldwide Airport in Moses Lake
By David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its first airworthiness certificates for a Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX constructed since March 2019, the company stated on Tuesday.
The FAA on Nov. 18 lifted a 20-month-old grounding order on the MAX after two deadly crashes in 5 months killed 346 folks. The FAA is requiring a collection of software program modifications and new pilot coaching necessities earlier than planes can return to service.
Boeing has about 450 737 MAX airplanes which have been constructed since 2019 and are awaiting approval by the FAA earlier than they are often delivered to airways. Boeing declined to touch upon the FAA approval.
“We count on to have ample variety of inspectors available to satisfy Boeing’s deliberate supply schedule for the foreseeable future. We’ll defer to Boeing to debate the corporate’s manufacturing and supply plans,” FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford stated.
The FAA individually final week accredited an American Airways (NASDAQ:) coaching plan for pilots to renew 737 MAX flights, the company and airline confirmed. That approval clears the best way for American to renew MAX flights beginning Dec. 29 as soon as it completes required assessments and software program upgrades to parked planes.
American plans to start with a single day by day MAX flight from Miami to New York’s LaGuardia airport. That may mark the return of the MAX to U.S. business service.
Boeing’s backlog of planes is price about $16 billion, funding agency Jefferies (NYSE:) estimates.
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