It’s expected that the Federal Aviation Administration will lift the 20-month grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX in the United States on Wednesday. The planes have been grounded since March 2019 after two crashes killed 346 people. “The design and certification of this aircraft included an unprecedented level of collaborative and independent reviews by aviation authorities around the world,” the FAA said in a statement. Investigations into the crashes and the Max’s development focused on an automated flight control system that was meant to prevent the aircraft from stalling. Boeing has made the system less aggressive and added more redundancies, among other changes over the past two years. Airlines still have to train pilots. United Airlines and Southwest Airlines executives have said they expect the planes to return to their schedules at some point next year.
After all. Boeing’s mounting costs have soared to tens of billions of dollars. with about $20 billion in direct costs from the grounding. On the oter part, families of the first 11 victims to settle with Boeing received at least $1.2 million each and the total cost is likely to top $500 million. The company built 450 Max jets during the grounding, but it hasn’t delivered a single 737 Max plane in that nearly nearly two-year period. Boeing had disclosed 448 canceled orders for the Max so far this year.