FAA chief says flying public will regain faith in Boeing jet

All of the carrier's MAX aircraft are now in safe custody and will only be allowed to fly again once the Civil Aviation Administration of China and Boeing properly fix the issue.

China was the first country to ban the 737 Max from its skies following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The compensation requests come as China and the United States engage in an escalating trade war, with Washington accusing Beijing of backtracking on nearly all aspects of a proposed trade deal.

After a pair of Boeing 737 Max jets crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia within five months of each other and under similar circumstances, global aviation authorities - in China, Europe and elsewhere - grounded the aircraft. Safety regulators in other countries have said they plan to independently assess Boeing's fixes before giving their approval. "We haven't determined the final training yet", Elwell said. In the meantime, the publication also reported that USA aviation authorities increasingly believe that a version of that scenario is the plausible cause for the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

China was the first country in the world to ground 737 MAX after an air crash in Ethiopia in March which resulted in the loss of 157 lives.

It is also reported that Air China and China Southern Airlines may join China Eastern Airlines for the loss claim.

Dupuis said she "cannot speculate on the timelines" for approval of the 737 MAX by the FAA or Canadian officials.

Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell told Congress last week the FAA is working closely with other civil aviation authorities "to address specific concerns related to the 737 MAX".

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) given its strongest indication yet it may seek to conduct its own assessment of whether to allow the Boeing 737 MAX to return to service following two fatal crashes since October 2018.

The meeting comes after Boeing announced on May 16 that it had completed a software update to address a problem with the flight handling program known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.

"We have to fly this aircraft for a long period of time, so a week, a month, whatever is not that important", Munoz said of the timetable to return the plane to service.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 takes off for a test flight. United, American and Southwest have 14, 24 and 34 of the 737 Max aircraft in their fleets, respectively - aircraft they're now forced to keep idle heading into the busy summer travel season.

There are about 400 MAX jets in service worldwide, including about 97 in China.


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