Irish budget carrier Ryanair expects that the grounded Boeing 737 MAX will return to the service in the United States (U.S.) in November 2020. The airline hopes to start receiving its Boeing 737 MAX order, consisting of 135 aircraft, at the beginning of 2021.

On October 9, 2020, speaking to the Newstalk, Eddie Wilson, the Senior Chief Executive of Ryanair, said that the air carrier hoped to add its first 737 MAX aircraft to the fleet in early 2021.

“The FAA [The Federal Aviation Administration] finished their test flights last week and it looks like it’s going to go back into service in the U.S. in the next month or so,“ said Wilson.

The air carrier ordered a total of 135 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2014. Since that time, the airline has not received any of its planes. The airline’s 737 MAX order includes a new Boeing 737 MAX 200. This special variant of MAX is based on the 737 MAX 8 and Boeing has developed it in response to the prior forecasts of the fast low-cost sector growth. In 2014, Ryanair made a commitment to purchase 100 aircraft of this type. 

Ryanair expressed its intentions soon after the FAA released a draft report on revised training procedures for Boeing 737 MAX pilots on October 8, 2020. The report, which includes the recommendations from the civil aviation authorities of the United States, Canada, Brazil and the European Union, should move the grounded 737 MAX a step further during the recertification process.