Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Two US airlines delay return of Boeing 737 MAX

Two US airlines delay return of Boeing 737 MAX

"Southwest Airlines proceeds to watch information from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the impending 737 MAX software enhancements and coaching demands", Southwest stated.

Southwest, the world's largest 737 Max operator and which has bet its entire growth strategy on Boeing's newest single-aisle aircraft, had previously cancelled all its 737 Max flights until February 8.

Meanwhile, shocking new details have emerged about the source of the delays in returning the Max to service.

Formal schedule changes for future American Airlines flights will take place on November 17.

Boeing has acknowledged it expects to acquire regulatory approval to renew flights within the fourth quarter of 2019, however that timeframe has begun to look not sure because the cease of the yr strategies. Besides, earlier this year, the Southwest Airlines, which had been banking its entire growth on Boeing's new single-aisle aircrafts, had suspended all of its 737 Max flights until February 8th, while in its Friday's (November 8th) announcement, the leading United States airliner added that it was expecting a return of Max 737 back into its commercial services on March 6th. Reuters reported this week that USA and European regulators will need to return to a Rockwell Collins facility in Iowa to complete an audit of Boeing's software documentation after regulators found gaps and substandard documents.


The planes have been grounded globally since mid-March following two crashes that killed 346 people.

As of now, the company is cancelling about 175 daily flights as it operates a slimmer fleet.

Boeing didn't immediately reply to a ask for for comment Friday. Southwest had 34 Max jets at the time of the March 13 grounding and was expecting delivery of another 41 jets this year.

The jet's flight control system - including the so-called MCAS anti-stall system - played a role in the crashes of both the Ethiopian Airlines flight in March this year and in the Lion Air flight in October last year.

Southwest also said it would not be able to make operational revenue forecasts in the first quarter of 2020 due to the issue.

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