Boeing will need more safety diligence for ‘massive’ travel recovery ahead: Analyst
‘Massive’ travel recovery ahead: Boeing analyst
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing Co that its planned 777X is not yet ready for a significant certification step and warned it "realistically" will not certify the airplane until mid-to-late 2023.
The FAA in a May 13 letter to Boeing seen by Reuters cited a number of issues in rejecting a request by the manufacturer to issue a Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) Readiness. "The aircraft is not yet ready for TIA," the FAA wrote, declining to approve "a phased TIA of limited scope with a small number of certification flight test plans."
The letter, which had not previously been made public, cites numerous concerns about lack of data and the lack of a preliminary safety assessment for the FAA to review.
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"The FAA will not approve any aircraft unless it meets our safety and certification standards," the agency said in a statement Sunday.