Boeing 737 Max 10 Clears Significant FAA Hurdle

The FAA has granted type inspection authorization for the 737-10 Max.

737-10 In Flight

The 737-10 is the largest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family. [Courtesy: Boeing]

Boeing has something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as the Federal Aviation Administration has granted type inspection authorization for the 737-10 Max. According to a statement from Boeing, this "clears the airplane to begin certification flight testing."

"With more than 400 flights and nearly 1,000 flight hours, the 737-10 continues to perform well as we prove…its safety, reliability, and performance through a rigorous testing and certification process," the company said.

In previous discussions, the aerospace giant indicated it anticipates FAA certification of the aircraft will take place in 2024.

"The FAA granted type inspection authorization for the Boeing 737 Max 10. Safety will dictate the certification timeline," the FAA said in confirming Boeing’s announcement.

The Boeing 737 Max 10 is the largest of the manufacturer's single-aisle airliners. According to the company website, "the 737-10 is the largest airplane in the 737 Max family, providing more capacity and the lowest cost per seat of any single-aisle airplane."

More information on the aircraft can be found here.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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