American Expects 737 MAX Return to Service in January 2020

An American 737 MAX at New York's LaGuardia Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

In a statement issued moments ago, American Airlines expects  that the Boeing 737 MAX will fly again as of Jan. 16, 2020.

The company anticipates that software updates will result in the recertification of the aircraft during this year and, from that recertification, the return to service in January 2020.

The company indicates that it is in constant communication with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), which implies that this date of return to operations is a reasonable expectation about the aircraft recertification process.

According to the deadlines that are being handled to get recertification before the end of the year, the MCAS software update should be ready at some point this month or in early November. It is not known if the update involves  retraining because there were no specific one on the MCAS.

Reprogramming will be gradual, so the schedule is expected to be altered during January and February of next year.

American’s step forward implies a good signal, especially for U.S. operators. For the rest of the world, times may be a little different. The European agency EASA, NavCanada, and other aeronautical authorities are expected to explore autonomous certification routes.

Pablo Diaz

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