Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft is unlikely to re-enter service before August, according to the head of the airline industry’s trade body, IATA.
Director General Alexandre de Juniac said “we do not expect something before 10 or 12 weeks”, although he added a final decision was up to regulators.
The aircraft was grounded globally in March after two crashes within months.
It comes as Boeing boss Dennis Muilenburg issued another apology, saying “it feels personal”.
The aircraft was grounded by regulators worldwide after 157 people were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines’ 737 Max crashed. Five months previously a Lion Air 737 Max crashed, claiming 189 lives.