Boeing the beginning of certification test flights of the 737 MAX
SEATTLE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) on Monday began a series of long-delayed test flight 737 MAX, hoping to get approval for the resumption of the operation of ships, suspended last year after two disasters, and to restore its tarnished reputation.
Pilots Federal aviation administration (FAA) USA and Boeing on Monday conducted the first test flight, which lasted about three hours.
Boeing shares ended the trading session higher by 14.4% to $194,49.
After test flights the FAA should review test data and approve the new procedures for training pilots, among other recommendations. The regulator is unlikely to approve the resumption of flights of the airliner early on September, said industry and government sources.
If Boeing get permission, the company can resume flights 737 MAX in the US before the end of the year.
The main task of the FAA to certify the updates of the system of protection from stalling, known as MCAS, with its flaws link both disaster 737 MAX, and perform a wide range of flight maneuvers and emergency procedures, reported the regulator.
The Agency reported that “will remove the decree on the suspension of the flights only after we verify that the aircraft meets certification standards.”
(Eric M. Johnson in Seattle, David Shepardson in Washington, Tracy Rucinski in Chicago and Tim Hepher in Paris, translated by Olga Deviatiarov. Editor Marina Bobrova)