In a statement on Monday the embattled aviation company Boeing said its fleet of 737 Max jets could be flying again come January as the model’s flight control software, believed to be the source of two fatal crashes, is reaching completion.
The model was grounded in March 2019 following two fatal crashes in the space of five months which resulted in the tragic death of 346 people.
Boeing, the world’s largest aviation manufacturer, expressed hope that the US Federal Aviation Administration would certify the plane’s flight control software by the end of 2019. The software’s anti-stall mechanism is believed to have caused the Lionair crash in Indonesia in October 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019.
In its statement, Boeing said it could be possible to resume 737 Max deliveries to airline customers in December. It will need FAA certification rescinding the directive to ground the fleet.
There are no 737 MAX 8 or 9 aircraft registered on the Maltese registry, a Transport Malta official told The Malta Independent. The European Aviation Safety Agency had grounded the 8 and 9 737 Max models in the wake of the tragedies.
At the time that global grounding orders were issued against the aircraft, 371 were in operation around the globe.