Southwest Pilots Pessimistic On Return Of Boeing 737 Max To Regular Service

Curt Lewis
October 15, 2019 - 8:40 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Southwest Airlines pilots have a pessimistic view of when the grounded Boeing 737 Max jets will return to service. 

Southwest Airlines management has said the Boeing 737 Max jets may be back in the air by January 2020, but the pilots' union figures it will be at least month later.

In a letter to members, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association President Jon Weaks says there are too many steps required for a January return - including simulator testing, a check flight, updates to training and operating standards plus pilot training which alone could take 30 days.

And CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenburg says it might be even longer than February or even March.

Greenberg says it could well be the 2nd quarter of 2020 before the 737 Max is back in operation.

The Max was grounded because of two fatal crashes in less than six months