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Southwest Sees 737 Max Getting Regulatory Approval in November

  • Airline hopes Boeing will have shipments on track by late 2020
  • United is ready for discussions on new delivery schedule
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Southwest Airlines Co., the largest operator of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max, expects regulators will certify the grounded jet to resume flight before Thanksgiving in the U.S., clearing the way for much-needed new deliveries by year’s end.

“We’re assuming that we will have the go-ahead to return the Max to service by, call it the beginning to mid-November,” Southwest Chief Financial Officer Tammy Romo said Wednesday at a Cowen & Co. transportation conference in Boston.