Europe says assessing 737 MAX software program, downplays speak of break up

FILE PHOTO: A employee walks previous unpainted Boeing 737 MAX plane seen parked in an aerial picture at Renton Municipal Airport close to the Boeing Renton facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photograph

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union Aviation Security Company (EASA) mentioned on Tuesday it was nonetheless assessing proposed modifications to Boeing (BA.N) software program for the grounded 737 MAX and had but not discovered something that will undermine hopes for a coordinated return to service.

“EASA remains to be assessing the most recent Flight Management Laptop software program – the work is ongoing and never accomplished but,” an company spokeswoman mentioned by e-mail.  

“We don’t at this stage have any particular issues ensuing from that evaluation that will imply that we couldn’t conform to a coordinated return to service. We’re in steady contact with each the FAA and Boeing.”

The Wall Avenue Journal earlier reported that European security issues and disagreements over software program might extend vetting of the modifications and immediate European regulators to withhold full assist when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the end clears the planes for business flight.

The EASA spokeswoman didn’t remark straight on the report, however added: “As now we have mentioned up to now, we’re conducting an unbiased assessment of the entire plane following a methodical method. We want to see the 737-MAX return to service as quickly as attainable however solely as soon as we’re satisfied it’s protected. This place has not modified.”

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Enhancing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

Author: Maxwell C.

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