Boeing is planning to resume delivering new Max aircraft to airlines next month with the expectation that the jet will be approved to fly again in January.
The aircraft manufacturer said yesterday that it would start delivering the Max planes after its main certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration is complete but before pilot training is finalised.
The announcement came after Boeing cleared a step in the certification process last week following a series of successful simulator tests with the FAA.
Pilot training isn’t expected to be approved for several more weeks, however, so airlines still won’t be able to fly the Max jets they receive.
The 737 Max has been grounded since March following two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, in which 346 people died.
Investigations into the two crashes suggested that the aircraft’s automated system, known as MCAS, erroneously engaged, forcing pilots to lose control of the jets. Boeing has been working on a fix for the past eight months.