Boeing 737 MAX re-certificaton likely to slide into 2020, Ryanair model faces new 'design issue'
Ryanair said in a memorandum to pilots that it now expects "at best" 10 737 Max aircraft for its fleet in time for the peak summer season
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November 26, 2019 - by Jon Ostrower for theaircurrent.com
Boeing won't likely get the nod from the Federal Aviation Administration to return the 737 Max to service until January 2020 at the earliest, according to regulatory, customer and pilot stakeholder officials familiar with the process of returning the jet to service.
There remains a "slight and decreasing" chance, said one of the officials, that the FAA will clear the jet again for service by the end of December. There are still too many outstanding items yet to complete re-certification of the grounded jet for service first in the U.S., the officials said.
Separately, low-cost carrier Ryanair said in a memorandum to pilots that it now expects "at best" 10 737 Max aircraft for its fleet in time for the peak summer season.
The ultra low-cost giant attributed the fresh delay in deliveries to a new design issue with specialized high-density model launched specifically for the airline, according to a message to its pilots reviewed by The Air Current.