Boeing is gearing up to deliver the 737MAX jets within weeks from Regulators around the world certify the jet.
“Inside Boeing’s 737 factory at Renton, Washington, south of Seattle, workers have pre-assembled dedicated tool kits for technicians tasked with installing software updates and readying over 500 jets that have sat idle for months” reported Reuters citing some insiders
More the 250 MAX jets have been produced since the ban six months ago, and 387 aircraft flown before the grounding.
According to Reuters “Boeing teams are hammering out delivery schedules – and financial terms – with airline customers who have been forced to cancel flights, cut routes and fly aging jetliners while they await the MAX’s return.”
Boeing assume that the 737 MAX will resume commercial flights in the October-December timeframe if the regulators approve the modification and software update.
But the timeline depends on regulators around the world who said they will have their own team to test and approve the MAX.
It is the biggest blow not only to Boeing, but also to FAA. In the past, regulators rubber stamp FAA’s decision, but now onwards they will not.
Once the regulators certify the MAX, “Boeing will have to mobilise hundreds of mechanics and pilots to bring the roughly 250 stored aircraft out of hibernation.”…”Airlines estimate the process – which includes installing new software, changing fluids and cycling the engines – will take 100 to 150 hours per jet, and months in total for Boeing.” reported Reuters.