Boeing 737 MAX

FAA says it will inspect each Boeing 737 MAX before delivery

Boeing 737 MAX airplanes
Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a letter Tuesday that it intends to individually inspect and approve every 737 MAX before Boeing can deliver them to airlines, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Despite public pressure from Boeing to get the 737 MAX back in the air as soon as January, the agency's decision removes the aircraft maker's authority to perform its own pre-delivery safety checks and sign-offs — and could draw out the aircraft's ungrounding process.

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Nadia Milleron, whose daughter Samya Stumo, was killed in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, holds a picture of Boeing 737 Max jet crash victims during the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in October. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images

Boeing settled four lawsuits with a Seattle law firm on Friday that's representing families of passengers who died when the Lion Air flight crashed in Ethiopia in Oct. 2018, AP reports.

Why it matters: Boeing has taken heat over how it responded in the aftermath of the two crashes that collectively killed 346 passengers. In early November, lawmakers grilled CEO Dennis Muilenburg over how much he was paid following the crashes.