The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that Boeing may miss the year-end deadline for certifying the 737 MAX 10, the longest form of the 738 MAX family of jets.
According to sources quoted by Reuters on March 25, 2022, the FAA has reservations about the Boeing 737 MAX 10 plane meeting instructions issued by the US Congress in 2020, which overhauled how the FAA certifies new planes and established new safety standards for flight deck alarms.
According to reports, the FAA is concerned that Boeing would struggle to reach the deadlines by the end of 2022, and has requested a “mature certification timeline” from the company. Before the 737 MAX 10 can be authorized by the American aviation authorities and start passenger service in the US, Boeing must complete all modifications.
The 737 MAX 10 is currently in the design phase.
Boeing told the media that it will continue to “operate transparently with the FAA” in order to provide the regulator with the information it requires. The firm has stated that it is committed to meeting the FAA’s certification requirements for the 737 MAX.
Only Congress has the power to extend the deadline if the FAA does not certify the 737 MAX 10 by the end of the year.
In June 2017, the Boeing 737 MAX 10, the longest variant of the MAX family of aircraft, was introduced. The aircraft took to the skies for the first time in June 2021, kicking off a program of flight testing and certification. The company stated in early 2021 that aircraft deliveries would begin in 2023.