Boeing does not expect FAA approval for Max 10 before summer 2023: Letter

The aircraft manufacturer faces a December deadline to win approval for the this model, as well as another 737 variant, the Max 7



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By Reuters

Published: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 1:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 5:50 PM

Boeing Co does not anticipate winning regulatory approval for its 737 Max 10 before next summer, according to a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent on Monday.

Boeing faces a December deadline to win approval for the Max 10, as well as another 737 variant, the Max 7. Without an extension, Boeing must meet new modern cockpit-alerting requirements that could significantly delay the planes' entry into service.

"With regard to the 737-10, Boeing's current project plan timeline has the 737-10 receiving an amended type certificate no sooner than summer 2023," two sources quoted acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen as saying, in a letter to Senator Roger Wicker, the top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee.

The FAA, Boeing and Wicker's office declined to comment.

The letter raises questions about when Boeing may be able to deliver Max 10s, after recently booking major orders from Delta Air Lines and other carriers.

Last week, Wicker proposed extending the deadline for Boeing to win approval for the two new variants until September 2024, and hopes to attach the proposal to an annual defence bill. However, it is not clear if the proposal will gain approval from Congress.

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