U.S. FAA approves design of 737 MAX 8200 variant By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FAA Chief Steve Dickson returns in a Boeing 737 MAX plane in Seattle

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated on Wednesday it had accepted the design for the Boeing 737-8200, a part of the Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX sequence, a crucial step earlier than the U.S. planemaker can start delivering the airplanes to Ryanair.

The FAA stated the 737-8200 incorporates all the design enhancements that had been half the 20-month evaluate of the 737 MAX that led to the ungrounding of the MAX in November, greater than a 12 months after two deadly crashes killed 346 folks.

Ryanair first ordered the 737-8200 airplane, which seats 197 passengers, in 2014. The European Union Aviation Security Company nonetheless should approve the plane, a transfer that might come quickly after the FAA approval.

Boeing stated Wednesday it might “proceed to work with international regulators to soundly return the 737-8 and -9 to service. Our groups are additionally targeted on guaranteeing future members of the 737 household meet all regulatory necessities.”

In December, Ryanair – Europe’s largest airline – stated it was is inserting a agency order for 75 extra 737 MAX 8200 planes, a higher-passenger capability model of the 737-8 MAX.

Ryanair Group Chief Government Michael O’Leary stated final week the airline anticipated to obtain eight of the MAX plane in April, one other eight in Might and none in June.

Ryanair is the launch buyer for the 737-8 variant after the service positioned its first order for 100 airplanes and 100 choices in late 2014, adopted by agency orders of 10 airplanes in 2017 and 25 in 2018. Ryanair didn’t instantly remark late Wednesday.

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