Ethiopian Airlines, Wednesday said it will be the last airline to operate the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after the ongoing remodeling, adjustment and re-certification by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), in the US. Bahrami was reluctant to provide a timeline, but asked whether the plane would resume service this year or next, he said remarks by Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg projecting a return by the end of 2019 sounded correct.
Airlines worldwide are awaiting regulatory approval for a software fix and pilot training updates by Boeing that would pave the way for the jets to fly again after two deadly crashes https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-developments-factbo/factbox-what-we-know-about-boeing-737-max-crashes-and-what-comes-next-idUSKCN1RG1Q8 in Indonesia and Ethiopia triggered a worldwide grounding.
- American Airlines plans to continue canceling flights scheduled on Boeing 737 MAX jets through September 3.More news: Outgoing British Prime Minister announces target for Net Zero emissions by 2050
Boeing is finalizing a software fix for a flight-control system malfunction linked to the accidents involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as proposed new pilot training.
The 737 Max has been grounded in much of the world since March following two deadly crashes that killed almost 350 people.
Speaking on CNBC on Wednesday, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he believed consumer confidence would take a while to restore, and that a MAX return to service was "probably going to be longer than anyone would like it to be". A combined 346 people were killed in the crashes five months apart.More news: Mac Miller Joins Free Nationals and Kali Uchis on ‘Time’
"We'd like to get it flying again so when customers get on it, they realize it's been flying potentially for weeks", said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American.
The companies, which had previously canceled those flights until August 19, estimated in a statement that the Boeing will be "soon to be certified" by FAA, so he decided the extension to allow his clients and their teams to organize in better conditions.More news: Audi recalls e-tron to address battery leak, fire risk