LONDON – In what has been an already long and tiresome set of trials and tribulations for Boeing, it has now today said to Reuters in an exclusive interview that it doesn’t expect to get FAA approval for the MAX 10 before 2023.
Delays and Disruption
It is understood that the deadline for regulatory approval is up in December for the MAX 10 and MAX 7 aircraft, however, Reuters has reported means it might not come until 2023. For the aircraft to be certified they require comprehensive paperwork submissions, along with a detailed review of safety assessments by the FAA.
Boeing has recently noted and announced major MAX 10 orders from Delta Air Lines, West Jet Group and other carriers.
FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said in a letter, according to Reuters sources, which he addressed to Senate Commerce Committee member Roger Wicker: “With regard to the 737-10, Boeing’s current project plan timeline has the 737-10 receiving an amended type certificate no sooner than summer 2023,”
it is understood that Wicker had proposed extending the deadline for Boeing to win approval for the two new MAX variants back until September 2024, and a report from Fox News states he hopes to attach this proposal to an annual defence bill, but it is not yet clear if Congress would be willing to approve this proposal.
With the possibilities of delays now being thrown onto the 737 MAX 10 and MAX 7 projects, the question comes to how long customers and airlines will be willing to wait to find out if Boeing is able to deliver the plane they have been promised, or if they should now perhaps look east to the European Manfuctoer Airbus who are close to starting flight testing on their A321XLR project, which it would now see it enter service before the MAX 10.
Boeing Still Suffers From MAX Crashes
It is completely understandable that the FAA remains reluctant to allow Boeing to have approval with its two new MAX variants after what happened with the MAX 8 which saw 346 people die in two fatal crashes and led to a 20-month-long grounding of the best-selling next-generation aircraft.
Just last month we saw the U.S manufacturer has been ordered to pay out more than 200 million dollars for its misleading statements during the investigations of the Lion Air and Ethiopian flights which crashed following a malfunction with the aircraft’s MCAS system. Which has many people saying that the fine is not nearly high or expensive enough for the damage and hurt the company caused with its lies and intentions to try to cover up the problems.
It is not just the 737 MAX which has seen the wrath of the FAA either, with Boeing also being restricted on the production and delivery of its 787 Dreamliner projects, which just over one month ago were given the approval to begin deliveries again.
The question next becomes what does Boeing need to do in order to get the MAX 10 and MAX 7 over the line with the regulators, well it requires the company to meet new cockpit alerting requirements while also satisfying the FAA that no issues with MCAS can once again take place with the longer variant of the aircraft.