The crisis facing Boeing’s 737 MAX jetliner is gradually wending its way to resolution. Sometime in the first quarter of 2020, the plane will again be flying commercial routes. But even when all of the regulatory approvals are in hand, it will take time to get 300+ planes out of storage and into service. Numerous technical tasks must be accomplished, and diverse players must sign off. That’s one reason why Boeing wants to get the planes delivered expeditiously, rather than waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to approve revised training procedures. There are a lot of moving parts here, and the pieces need to mesh efficiently to avoid bottlenecks in the return to service. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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