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End of an era: American Airlines retires MD-80

End of an era: American Airlines retires MD-80”

"Our first priority is safety, and we have set no timeframe for when the work will be completed", it said. The aircraft was the last aircraft that rolled off the Long Beach McDonnell Douglas plant in 1999 and delivered to Trans World Airlines, later transferred to American in 2001.

According to a statement by the government aviation agency, FAA employees have logged in over 110 thousand hours on the Max alone."The FAA's certification of the Boeing 737 Max is the subject of several independent reviews and investigations that will examine all aspects of the five-year effort", the agency said. Southwest Airline flies the Boeing 737 exclusively and added the 737 MAX 8 to its fleet to accommodate more passengers.

The Boeing 737 MAX, grounded since March, may be back in the air by the end of the year.

The company's chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, is expected to update investors during an appearance at an investor conference on September 11.

But global regulators have indicated they will pursue their own analysis of the 737 MAX and Boeing's proposed updates, with the FAA's credibility having been dented following the 737 MAX crashes.

The FAA could move more quickly than other regulators but U.S. officials have said they would prefer if other aviation bodies quickly followed them.

"There are a lot of people that don't really get it- what we all feel today, because the airplane maybe deserves to be retired from our customers' viewpoints, maintenance viewpoints", Parker said. However, it noted there was still no appropriate response to issues with the integrity of the angle of attack system.

Commercial airlines have recently delayed the inclusion of the plane into their flight schedules, with the current estimates for early to mid December.

Alexandre de Juniac, head of the International Air Transport Association, a trade group representing airlines, said Tuesday that he is troubled by the prospects for staggered regulatory approval.

"With the 737 MAX we are a bit anxious ... because we don't see the normal unanimity among worldwide regulators that should be the case", Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general, told reporters ahead of a summit in Chicago. At the time it was believed the grounding would be for a short time while a software change was made.



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