LONDON – Boeing is to resume deliveries of its 737 MAX jets after approval for an electrical grounding problem fix that will in turn unground dozens of affected jets.
Though Boeing has not commented publicly, Reuters reported that recently built aircraft subject to the grounding is set to be delivered.
Earlier this month, the US airframer obtained approval from US regulators for a fix for the electrical problem that affected approximately 100 737 MAX airplanes.
Boeing 737MAX 7 Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways
Back in Service
The approval of the fix paved the way for airlines to put the aircraft back into their rotations. Several carriers had pulled dozens of 737 MAX jets out of service in early April after Boeing warned of the electrical problem, connected to a backup power control unit in the cockpit on some recently built aircraft.
The problem was then found in two other points of the cockpit, including the trunk where the control unit is kept and the dashboard facing the pilots.
United Airlines (UA) and American Airlines (AA) were the first to ground dozens of MAXs to remedy the electrical problem. Other European companies such as Neos (NO), which had already received its first two Boeing 737 MAX 8s, grounded these to see if the problem was also present on its aircraft. Malta Air (AL) followed suit, inspecting the first Boeing 737 MAX 8200s it received.
Though it was not immediately clear how many factory-fresh aircraft were affected by the latest fix, the aircraft delivery database from Planespotters.net shows just one new-build MAX delivery this month – to Southwest Airlines (WN) on Wednesday.
The Boeing 737 MAX was approved to return to service in November 2020 in the United States after being grounded for 20 months following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019.
Featured image: Boeing 737 MAX 7. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways