There is “no timescale” for the return of Boeing’s grounded 737 Max aircraft, the boss of the US’s aviation regulator has said – reiterating the authority’s stance from May last year.
Speaking in London, Steve Dickson, head of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said he would not clear the Max to resume commercial operations until he has flown the aircraft himself.
Dickson did, however, reveal a “certification flight” could take place in the coming weeks, the BBC reports, as Boeing continues to work on a software update for the 737 Max.
The admission saw Boeing’s stock close 3.6% up on Thursday (6 February) at $342.16.
The 737 Max has been grounded worldwide since March last year following two fatal crashes in just a five-month period.
Lion Air flight 610 crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta in October 2018, killing all 189 people onboard.
Then in March, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 came down en route to Nairobi. All 157 people onboard were killed.