"We are working to support them (MAB) and all of our customers in every way possible to ensure complete confidence in the 737 MAX and a safe return to commercial flight", a Boeing spokesman told the NST yesterday.
After two Boeing 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people past year, the Federal Aviation Administration faced scrutiny by Congress and the FBI about how it originally inspected the plane still on the ground and authorized it to transport passengers.
Malaysia Airlines is continuing to talk to Boeing about its order for 25 737 MAX aircraft but is waiting for a regulatory outcome before deciding its next move.
In one recommendation, the panel found Boeing employees deputized by FAA to approve aircraft designs need to be shielded from undue pressure, though it said the overall system should be retained.
Thursday's report came from a committee appointed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in April, after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed everyone aboard each plane - a total of 346 people - and led regulators to ground Max jets worldwide.
Boeing issued an emailed statement saying safety is the company's "core value" and it was committed to making improvements.
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"As there is no clarity yet from various authorities on its return to service, our technical due diligence is still ongoing".
That is earlier than indicated by CEO Michael O'Leary this month, when he said Ryanair might not receive its first 737 Max until October. Adding to the uncertainty over the Max's return, Boeing recently recommended flight-simulator training for pilots before the jet carries passengers again.
Decades-old assumptions about how pilots would behave and a failure to grasp the complexity of a new flight-control system plagued the design certification of Boeing Co.'s 737 Max, a blue-ribbon panel of experts concluded. Although the airline company struck a partial compensation deal of $125 million with Boeing, its sufferings are far from over.
Dallas-based Southwest is the world's biggest operator of Boeing 737s, with about 750 in its fleet. Since the grounding the company has cancelled 175 weekday flights.