Nov. 29, 2019, © Leeham News: The decision by the Federal Aviation Administration this week to assume inspections of Boeing’s 737 MAXes before delivery won’t delay the company’s projected schedule, once the airplane is recertified.
The FAA Wednesday notified Boeing that federal inspectors will examine each of the hundreds of MAXes that have been built but stored since the March 13 grounding order before the airplanes can be delivered.
Boeing historically had this authority as designated representatives of the FAA.
The decision raised questions whether this would slow the delivery schedule Boeing plans.
An FAA spokesman yesterday wrote Leeham News, “We have sufficient inspectors to meet Boeing’s projected delivery schedule.”
Recertification is not expected until January. Return to service, following pilot training, isn’t expected to begin until March.
Bernstein Research forecasts 25 deliveries per month of the stored MAXes, a figure it doesn’t explicitly says comes from Boeing. But the company is close to Boeing and presumably received this guidance.
Bernstein forecasted the inventory would be cleared by September 2021, but based on a resumption of deliveries this month. LNA expects deliveries of the stored airplanes to be clear by the end of 2021, rather than by the end of the 2021 third quarter.