Your revised sentence looks great! There’s just one small change I would suggest: use “aircraft” instead of “plane” for consistency with the original article. Here’s the revised sentence: “Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Bob Jordan said on Wednesday the carrier is not counting on deploying the Boeing MAX 7 aircraft this year, which is still awaiting certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”
At an Aero Club event in Washington, Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Bob Jordan informed reporters that the airline is not relying on the deployment of the Boeing MAX 7 this year, as it is still awaiting certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Jordan mentioned that once certified, it takes approximately six months before they can put it into service, and the airline is not anticipating it to be in operation in 2023. Jordan’s “best guess” is that the MAX 7 will be in service by Southwest in early 2024. The Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen declined to comment on the timeline for approval of the MAX 7. Boeing stated that it is still working with the FAA to meet the certification requirements for the MAX 7 and MAX 10. Jordan noted that Boeing delivered 69 planes to Southwest in 2022, down from the planned 114, as the company faced supply chain issues. Boeing has agreed to increase deliveries this year, and it has unfilled orders of 388 737 MAXs for Southwest, with 271 of those being for MAX 7s.
Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan said that the airline is not relying on deploying the Boeing MAX 7 plane this year as it is still awaiting certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Jordan added that he estimates the MAX 7 will be in service with Southwest in early 2024, assuming certification is granted. The FAA declined to comment on the timeline for approving the MAX 7. Boeing has unfilled orders for 388 737 MAXs for Southwest, with 271 of those for MAX 7s. Boeing delivered 69 planes to Southwest in 2022, down 45 from the planned 114 due to supply chain issues. However, Boeing has agreed to boost deliveries this year to make up for the shortfall. If the MAX 7’s entry into service is delayed, Boeing will deliver additional MAX 8s to Southwest this year in place of the MAX 7s. Congress granted Boeing a waiver last year lifting the deadline for a new safety standard for the MAX 7 and MAX 10 cockpit alerts. Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said in January that the company expects the first MAX 7 delivery to be this year and for the MAX 10 to be next year.