An employee walks past a Boeing 737 Max aircraft parked at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington, Jan. 10, 2020.
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Boeing Further cancellations of the beleaguered 737 Max jets were reported on Tuesday as regulators finalize their review of the planes after two fatal crashes.
The aircraft maker is facing two crises of the 737 Max grounding now in its 20th month and the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated air travel and the market for new aircraft.
Boeing customers canceled 12 orders for the 737 Max in October, and the company did not announce any new ones. Including the aircraft that Boeing had removed from its official backlog, pending orders fell to 4,275 from 4,325 last month.
The Federal Aviation Administration is finalizing its assessment of the changes Boeing made to the aircraft after two 737 Max accidents killed 346 people and caused the jetliners to land worldwide in March 2019.
This review will be completed in the “days ahead,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement late Monday. The process is expected to be completed by mid-November and an order to end grounding is followed by pilot training that is expected to take weeks.
“Although we are nearing the finish line, I will not break the grounding order until our safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards,” said Dickson.
American Airlines has scheduled the planes to fly commercially in late December, the earliest of the US airlines to have purchased them. The airline also plans to give customers the chance to tour the planes and have their pilots and mechanics answer their questions to help build confidence in the CNBC jets reported Last month.
Boeing announced it had delivered 13 aircraft to customers in October.