Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

Southwest to keep Boeing 737 MAX off schedule through September 2

Southwest to keep Boeing 737 MAX off schedule through September 2

The crashes of a Lion Air 737 MAX in Indonesia in October 2018 and of an Ethiopian Airlines jet of the same model in March brought to light malfunctions in the plane's MCAS anti-stall system.

The U.S. aviation authority FAA is counting on you to be able to lift the flight ban on Boeing Mittelstreckenjet 737 Max this year.

Boeing will also be under scrutiny at the airshow, where the planemaker will face questions about the 737 MAX groundings, deliveries and orders. Technology created to prevent the aircraft from stalling has come under scrutiny, as it activated during both crashes due to false sensor readings and pushed the planes downward at too steep of an angle.

Customers should note that not all flights that had previously been scheduled on a 737 Max will be canceled as the airline works to substitute other aircraft types, while flights that had not been scheduled on the grounded aircraft may be scheduled as the airline shifts the aircraft that had been scheduled to fly to cover another route.

Boeing Co said on Tuesday it handed over 56% fewer airplanes in May, compared with a year earlier, as deliveries of its top-selling 737 MAX jet remained suspended following a deadly crash in March.

Last week the director of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, had projected the return of the 737 MAX to the skies by the end of the year, according to the chain CNBC, and and Bahrami said Wednesday that the assessment was correct. The FAA has said that there's no time frame to sign off on Boeing's proposed software fix for the jet.

FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the agency has "no timetable" for allowing the 737 Max to resume flying and will act "only when it is safe to return to service".

Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and has not given a timeline on when the planes would be back in service.

United Continental Holdings Inc. has removed the Max from its flight schedule through August 3, while Southwest, the biggest Max operator, has set August 5 for its return.

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