Airlines will be able to start using Boeing 737 Max aircraft for passenger transportation not earlier than February 2021. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal on July 21 with reference to sources.
It is noted that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intends to receive comments from interested parties on certification of the Boeing 737 Max software, which means that the date of resumption of flights is postponed to October-November this year.
The newspaper’s interlocutors also said that the process of obtaining permission in other countries will take several weeks, and verification work on aircraft maintenance and pilot training may be delayed until the end of 2020.
In addition, the course of action will slow down the winter holidays, said one of the experts. Therefore, “the beginning of passenger traffic may be postponed until February or later,” he said.
On July 2, it became known that the FAА and Boeing Company conducted certification three-day flight tests of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. It is not specified how successfully the tests were carried out.