This is a positive development and a morale boost for Boeing, which has been battered by a seeming unending drama of bad news regarding the 737 MAX. Nonetheless, the 777X will be an important test for Boeing’s strained relationship with the FAA, which has stripped the company of its organizational authority temporarily.
After the 737 MAX debacle, the 777X will likely be the testbed for new certification processes and procedures that will likely include additional FAA oversight. The key question to be answered is whether this will have any schedule impact on delivery of the 777-9 to its launch customers.
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