Boeing Estimates The 737 MAX Will Fly Again In Mid 2020

Boeing has issued its latest periodic update regarding the 737 MAX’s return to service, and says it doesn’t expect the aircraft back in service until mid-2020. Although it acknowledges that regulators will decide when the aircraft flies again, the manufacturer is attempting to keep its airline customers updated. Trading of Boeing’s stock plunged more than 6% following the announcement.

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Boeing is confident that the 737 MAX will return to service. Photo: Getty Images.

Back in March, United States President Donald Trump ordered that the Boeing 737 MAX be grounded following a second fatal crash of the type. This followed a number of other airlines and regulators grounding the aircraft prior to Trump’s announcement.

Since then, the aircraft’s re-entry to service has been continually pushed back. Earlier in January, airlines began pushing their estimated return to service back to June.


What is Boeing saying?

A statement issued by the American aircraft manufacturer today said that the 737 MAX is currently expected to return to the skies in mid-2020. The company said,


“We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020. This updated estimate is informed by our experience to date with the certification process.”

Toward the tail end of 2019, Boeing had said that it was hoping to resume deliveries shortly. However, this deadline of recertification by the end of 2019 was clearly not met. In fact, the opposite came true. Due to a reduction of space for new aircraft, Boeing has been forced to suspend deliveries of the 737 MAX.

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Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft sit on the ground in Moses Lake. Photo: Getty Images

The manufacturer added that the process “is subject to our ongoing attempts to address known schedule risks and further developments that may arise in connection with the certification process. It also accounts for the rigorous scrutiny that regulatory authorities are rightly applying at every step of their review of the 737 MAX’s flight control system…”

Will there be a further delay?

It is entirely possible that the 737 MAX’s return to service will be delayed beyond mid-2020. This is something that Boeing has acknowledged by saying the date is currently estimating, as opposed to anything firm.

Next week Boeing is set to release its quarterly financial disclosures. The manufacturer has told that as part of this, it will go into further details regarding how it intends to ensure that the Boeing 737 MAX is safely returned to service.

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It’s more of a question of when the aircraft will return to service, rather than if. Photo: Getty Images

Boeing is confident that the 737 MAX will one day return to service, and that it is a question of when, rather than if. Finally, the American giant mentioned how it “regrets the difficulties” that have been caused to “customers, our regulators, our suppliers, and the flying public”.

Do you think the Boeing 737 MAX will return to service in mid-2020? Would you fly onboard the aircraft again if it is deemed safe by international regulators? Let us know what you think and why in the comments!


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David C.

Yeah, and they said by the end of September in August and then Boeing said mid to late November in October..
Swing and a miss, twice.


I think it’s been a few more times, then twice. Boeing started off in March saying a couple of weeks….


Should be removed forever.

Flemming Stücker

OMG – Have flown this coffin 3 times before grounding – so we not fly it again, ever!


For those interested, there is a great doc by the CBC on the crashes/FAA. It’s really heart-wrenching.–rUdgo

4 seconds to diagnose the problem and 10 seconds to react or else you’re in trouble…


Here is one about a Boeing 737-800 back in April 2009 where the US Feds and Boeing covered up. Americans hid Boeing’s role in 2009 Turkish Airlines plane crash: NYT Dutch authorities did not include causes related to the airplane manufacturer company in its report about the Turkish Airlines plane crash at the Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport in 2009 and blamed only the pilots due to pressure by Boeing and U.S. federal authorities. This information is according to a new report published on Monday by The New York Times. The NYT claims that Dutch investigators accused the pilots of failing to… Read more »

Juan P. Thomson

Gary, I don’t know if what is written is in your words or “pick and paste” a source would then be much appreciated), but there are some misconceptions in what you wrote. Firstly, what failed was the radio altimeter, not the altitude indicators. The logic (and all advanced transport category aircraft have a design logic behind all automation and automated actions) is that the master autopilot shall use “its” sensors. If any sensor is failed, it will take an erroneous reading. The problem is that of contrast. The airplane may not now that it is ready an erroneous instrument… so… Read more »


I did it as pick and paste on that one.
Tried to send a couple of websites but the moderator would not let them through.
Type in your browser this to see them.
Boeing 737-800 Turkish Airlines crash April 2009 update.


Well, actually you don’t need 3 sensors to solve such a situation. When 2 sensors disagree, the Master Caution alert should go off, an alert message should be displayed on the MFD, and all the automatic flight controls that depended on data from those sensors should immediately disengage! Then the pilots would be aware that something went wrong, and could fly the plane safely themselves using the instruments/sensors that do work correctly, or simply by looking out the window (if weather permits). C’mon! Crashing an airplane because of a faulty Radio Altimeter? When you have 3 barometric altimeters all working… Read more »


The same bloke that worked on that crash with Turkish Airlines back in 2009. Is the same person that is working on the investigation on the 737 MAX issue. A Faulty Sensor Made The Crash More Likely For TK1951, expert piloting would have prevented this crash…that is an objective, not subjective statement. At the same time, it is fair to question whether the integrity of the aircraft and the safety of the passengers onboard was unnecessarily put at risk by Boeing cutting corners. The answer appears to be yes. The auto throttle relied on just one sensor (the faulty one),… Read more »


I will never fly on this aircraft. I can’t help but wonder if more of the airlines that ordered this will cancel their orders. Boeing has clearly broken their contracts with several purchasers by not delivering the aircraft on time.


2021 it is then.


Like the 777x?


Optimist! There are national and multinational agencies with a mission to never let it fly again in commercial service..


There was an AA Max pilot on a youtube comment section who said he was told by the company that mid-summer re-cert., deep maintenance and pilot training (simulator) – Nov 2020 back in service.

November. That’s 3 high seasons missed. Ouch

Boeing shares dropped 5% when this broke, before trading was halted.


US is not considering to crush but still trying to fly this “Flying Coffin”. It is very clear to see that “American Government and American Companies do NOT care human life and safety.” Two days ago (20 January 2020) and yesterday (21 January 2020) New York Times published two articles about 2009 Turkish Airlines 737-800 (NG) Amsterdam – Netherlands crush. According to report “This crash was due to Aircraft Defects not pilot error”. And Boeing hid the reality. Here are the links. “How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried” “A Decade Later, Dutch Officials Publish a Study… Read more »

Just Passing Through

The so-called fix is just a new max. The inherent problem of inflight aerodynamic instability is still there. This is not something one wants on a large passenger carrying commercial aircraft. Boeing lost its credibility with designing and approving this. Costly mistake on their part that has the potential to bring this part of their business down. There is only one true Make the landing gear taller and redesign the engine pylons to reposition the engines. If doing the preceding is not an option then the aircraft truely belongs in the scrap bin.


How often have we heard that ‘Boeing is confident that…’-phrase over the last 10 months? Beyond ridiculous meanwhile to hear it again and again… And even more ridiculous to believe it.


Ha ha ha ha ha
How many times are Boeing going to give an estimate of when the 737 MAX will fly again, that nobody believes.
Oh, I get it. If they keep giving these guesstimates then nobody will care when it does finally take to the skies.
Hmmm. Might work.


Is anyone still taking these predictions seriously? After the FAA approval we still need EASA, and local approval in a lot of countries. Would not be surprised if the first European MAX flight is in 2021.


Another problems is that Boeing has now stated that pilots will need to undergo sim training before being certified to fly the MAX. This was not the case before, where they only needed some computer based training if they were already flying the NG model. Problem is that there are currently only very few MAX simulators in the world (think something like 20) which will cause a major backlog once pilots are released for training. Boeing did not take this factor in into account with their planning.


That’ll be mid-next-year, the way things are going!


Agree with MAX…remove forever…has lost a lot of trust.

Christer Skogum

The plane is aeronautically not a well designed plane, it’s an unstable plane as the engines are in the wrong place and should not be allowed to fly again, I think that most frequent flyers will do all they can to never ever put themselves or there family members on a B737 800 Max, if the regulators follow sound airplane design rules the plane must be permanently grounded.
Let’s see what they will do.