Boeing said on Monday that it expects to resume deliveries of its 737 MAX aircraft next December and that it is working with the schedule for airlines to restart commercial service of this model in January, which allows the aeronautics to rise about 5% two hours after the close of the stock exchange.
Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft have been on the ground since mid-March after two fatal accidents that killed a total of 346 people.
In a statement, the Chicago company said it is “working closely with the FAA – the U.S. regulator – and other authorities” as it works “to obtain certification and safe return to commercial service,” and is “taking the time to answer all your questions.
“With rigorous scrutiny applied, we are confident that the MAX will be one of the safest aircraft to fly,” said the company, which has been upgrading its air software to get back the green light from the authorities.
In this regard, Boeing has explained that “while the FAA and other regulatory authorities will determine the timing of certification and return to commercial service, Boeing continues to seek certification of MAX flight control software upgrades during this quarter.
“According to this schedule, it is possible that the resumption of MAX deliveries to airline customers will begin in December, after certification, when the FAA issues an airworthiness directive that terminates the landing order,” he said.
At the same time, it is working on the final validation before the MAX returns to commercial service, and that “now we expect to start in January,” Boeing said.
Investors applauded the new timeline, which would indicate that the company is at the end of the process of obtaining regulatory approval for Boeing’s best-selling aircraft.
However, it is the case that companies such as Southwest Airlines and American Airlines withdrew MAX aircraft from their schedules last Friday until early March, almost a year after the regulators’ grounding orders.