May 13, 2021 - Economy

Boeing: FAA has approved 737 MAX electrical fix

American Airlines flight 718, a Boeing 737 Max, is pushed back from its gate at Miami International Airport on its way to New York on December 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

A Boeing 737 Max at Miami International Airport in 2020. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Boeing gained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for a "fix" to an electrical issue that sidelined roughly 100 of its 737 MAX planes worldwide, Reuters first reported Wednesday night.

Why it matters: Wednesday's approval paves the way for a swift return of the flights that were removed from service early last month.

What they're saying: "After gaining final approvals from the FAA, we have issued service bulletins for the affected fleet," Boeing said in an emailed statement.

  • "We'll continue to stay close to our customers as they complete the work to return their airplanes to service. We are also completing the work as we prepare to resume deliveries."
  • The FAA did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment. But FAA administrator Steve Dickson told the U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing transportation earlier Wednesday the issue was a "pretty straightforward fix," according to Reuters.
"It is performing as well or better overall than any other airplane out there in the aviation system right now."
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