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American Airlines CEO sees Boeing 737 MAX flying by mid-August

14 June 2019

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.

On May 16, Boeing finished a software update for the 737 Max that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must approve before the aircraft can resume commercial flights in the USA, but neither Boeing nor the FAA has given a clear, public indication of when the approval process may end.

It's not possible to give an exact date as work progresses on safety fixes to the aircraft, Ali Bahrami, the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for aviation safety, said in an interview Wednesday at a conference in Cologne, Germany.

Nearly a month after Boeing finished a software update for its 737 Max aircraft, it's still unclear when the plane will return to service. US safety regulators have said they've set no time frame for signing off on Boeing's proposed repairs for the jet.

Boeing Co. said Tuesday it handed over 56 percent 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.

CHICAGO-The grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX is "highly likely" to be flying by mid-August, American Airlines Group Inc Chief Executive Doug Parker told shareholders on June 12.

The 737 Max had been grounded in a number of countries and regions, including Mexico, the European Union and the United States following the tragic crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max flight, just months after a 737 Max operated by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed under similar circumstances. A combined 346 people were killed in the crashes five months apart.

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.

The FAA isn't the only regulator that holds sway over returning the Max to the skies.

American Airlines CEO sees Boeing 737 MAX flying by mid-August