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Top Boeing executives met with the head of the Federal Aviation Administration to discuss the ongoing bases of the Boeing 737 Max jet.

December 12, 2019 at 10:03 pm

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WASHINGTON –
Two Boeing executives met with Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson on Thursday amid signs of further delays in returning the 737 Max.

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In an e-mail to key congressional committees, the FAA said Dickson is instructing the agency's safety experts to take the time to review the changes Boeing is making on the plane after two fatal accidents.

Meanwhile, Boeing gave an optimistic tone in describing the meeting.

CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Boeing's new head of the commercial airliner business, Stanley Deal, "had a productive meeting" with Dickson and FAA Deputy Administrator Daniell Elwell, said Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

"Boeing has reaffirmed with the FAA that safety is our top shared priority and we are committed to answering all FAA questions when assessing MAX certification and training requirements," Johndroe said in a statement. "We will work with the FAA to support its requirements and schedule while we work to safely return Max to service by 2020."

A few weeks ago, Boeing was expecting FAA approval to resume Max shipments in December and a pilot training program – an important step before airlines could use the planes – in January. Now this schedule is in doubt.

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