Until its worldwide grounding, many airlines using the MAX refused to refund passengers booked onto flights operated by the plane. The FAA is primed to receive the software update "early in the week", but will wait to lift the ban on the 737 Max pending the results of the Ethiopia Airlines investigation.
But the FAA is not expected to allow the dozens of 737 MAX planes it grounded back into the air until it learns more about the causes of the Ethiopian Air crash, the source said.
Air Force General (Ret.) Darren McDew, former head of the U.S. Transportation Command, and Captain Lee Moak, former President of the Air Line Pilots Association, will serve as the interim co-chairs of the panel, pending the appointment of other members.
Boeing Co. (BA.N) has asked airline owners of its 737 Max jet to submit orders for a free update of anti-stall software being readied for deployment, in a sign that regulators are closer to approving a proposed fix that could get the planes flying again.
The anti-stall system that pilots battled before the crash of a Lion Air-operated Boeing 737 Max in October was also likely to have been activated before 157 people were killed this month on a flight of the same model leaving Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Airlines chief executive has said.
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Ms Hardern, who gave birth to daughter Neve in June, has been praised globally for her response to the shootings. She said discussion items would include upgrading the bilateral free trade deal and combatting climate change.
However, the decision by KQ to proceed with the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets deal estimated to be worth KSh 120 billion sparked angry reactions from Kenyans who took to social media to express their rage.
Boeing has 5,012 orders for its 737 Max aircraft, 376 of which have been delivered so far.
Parts of an engine and landing gear lie in a pile after being gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302.
Southwest, which has 34 Max aircraft, is making cancellations five days in advance, with an average of 130 daily cancellations. Not every flight that was previously scheduled to be on a Max aircraft will be canceled, and some flights scheduled to fly on other aircraft types may ultimately be canceled. Boeing has about 4,600 unfilled orders for the plane's various configurations.
Once the software is approved by the FAA, it will be mandated, the agency has said. After the update, the system will rely on data from more than one sensor before it automatically pushes the plane's nose lower. The new software is to include new indicators of the plane's "angle of attack", a measure of the direction of the plane's nose.
To return to business as usual, Boeing will have to satisfy not only the FAA but also global regulators, skeptical airlines in the US and elsewhere, and the flying public.