Ethiopian Airlines: We'll be last airline to fly 737 Max after recertification

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations to September

CORRECTION - American Airlines cancels 737 MAX flights through September 3

Bahrami, according to specialists, now the adjustments to the flyer, the Software, the design and the performance in flight tests under the magnifying glass, as he said at a joint meeting of the FAA and the European aviation authority EASA.

"It is not possible to advance an exact date while working on security solutions for the aircraft "said Ali Bahrami, a partner administrator for aviation security for the United States regulator, in an interview during an aviation security conference in Cologne, Germany". Bahrami was reluctant to provide a timeline, but asked whether the plane would resume service this year or next, he said remarks by Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg projecting a return by the end of 2019 sounded correct.

Nearly a month after Boeing finished a software update for its 737 Max aircraft, it's still unclear when the plane will return to service.

The 737 Max will definitely fly before the end of the year, said the FAA security expert Ali Bahrami, the Bloomberg news Agency on Wednesday in Cologne.

On the other hand the American airline American Arlines announced on Tuesday that it canceled as a precaution all its flights with the Boeing 737 MAX until September 3, making it clear that the ban would not be lifted soon.

The crash was the second involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 within five months after a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia in October 2018.

The FAA isn't the only regulator that holds sway over returning the Max to the skies.

"We'd like to get it flying again so when customers get on it, they realize it's been flying potentially for weeks", said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American.

While the FAA is "under a lot of pressure", he said the Max will be returned to service "when we believe it will be safe".

Boeing has cut its production rate for the model by 10 planes a month to 42.

Global airlines that had rushed to buy the fuel-efficient, longer-range aircraft have since canceled flights and scrambled to cover routes that were previously flown by the MAX.

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