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Boeing 737 Max to be flying again by December, FAA official says

Boeing 737 Max to be flying again by December, FAA official says

Ahead of the recertification of the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft grounded globally following the plane's involvement in two fatal crashes killing over 500 people, the Ethiopian Airlines says it will be the last to operate the aircraft when the ban is lifted.

Boeing has not yet conducted a certification test flight that is required before it can submit the software fix and training upgrade for approval, but has been discussing proposed changes with airlines and the FAA.

"It is not possible to advance an exact date while working on security solutions for the aircraft "said Ali Bahrami, a partner administrator for aviation security for the USA regulator, in an interview during an aviation security conference in Cologne, Germany".

Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said that because the timeline for the plane's return to service is unknown, the airline has removed all 737 Max aircraft from its schedule until at least September 2.

Airlines have been crafting strategies to convince travelers the Max is safe now that Boeing has improved software for a flight-control system that malfunctioned in the accidents and bolstered the fixes with new pilot training.

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According to a Bloomberg report from May, Boeing told one of its biggest 737 Max customers, SpiceJet, that the aircraft would likely be flying again by July, but Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg declined to offer a similarly concrete prediction during a June 3 interview with CNBC.

The crash was the second involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 within five months after a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia in October 2018.

The 737 Max has been grounded in much of the world since March following two deadly crashes that killed almost 350 people.

Once the FAA approves the MAX for flight, Southwest has said it would take about 30 days to get the jets up and running again.

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.