Boeing is approaching two key milestones in the return of its 737 Max, according to people familiar with the subject: the plane’s return to regular service and the first delivery since U.S. regulators lifted a 20-month standoff.
Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes said it will resume commercial flights with the Max on December 10, more than two weeks before American. Grupo Aeromexico and Panama’s Copa Holdings are also planning flights soon, Bloomberg said.
United Airlines Holdings is also expected to receive the first delivery of the Max since the flight ban was imposed in March 2019, after two fatal accidents. Plans are in the works and American Airlines Group Inc. could receive the initial delivery instead, as the manufacturer seeks to begin unblocking payments for deliveries, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are confidential.
These measures will allow Boeing to begin implementing its once-mighty commercial monster, the 737 program, now that U.S. and Brazilian regulators have approved software revisions and a new pilot training curriculum for the Max.
“We continue to work closely with global regulators and our customers to safely return the aircraft to service,” said Jessica Kowal, a Boeing spokesperson.
By Julie Johnsson, Ezra Fieser, and Justin Bachman
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