The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Wednesday (local time) that the three-day certification flights had been terminated. This is an important milestone, but a number of other hurdles remain, such as the evaluation of flight data. The grounding will only be lifted if the FAA safety experts are convinced that the aircraft meets all standards, the authority stressed.
Boeing’s best-selling aircraft type 737 Max was taken out of service in March 2019 in the wake of two crashes. A faulty control program is considered the main cause of the accidents. Boeing had actually wanted to have the problems with this software fixed long ago, but instead several new defects were added. It took more than a year for the FAA to initiate the decisive phase of certification. If everything goes smoothly now, the 737 Max could be certified again in the coming months.
The Boeing share price went up 0.65 percent to 181.50 dollars in late NYSE trading. By the close of trading, a small plus of 0.27 percent remained on the price board at USD 180.81.
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