Written by David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co. (NYSE) does not expect Boeing to win regulatory approval for its 737 Max 10 aircraft before next summer, according to a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent Monday.
Boeing faces a December deadline to win approval for the MAX 10 as well as another variant of the 737, the MAX 7. Without an extension, Boeing must meet modern cockpit alert requirements that can significantly delay aircraft entry into service.
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’s office and Boeing’s Wicker declined to comment.
The letter raises questions about when Boeing may be able to deliver its MAX 10s after recently booking major orders from Delta Air Lines (NYSE:) 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 defense bill. But it is not clear whether the proposal will be approved by Congress.