Boeing 737 MAX may not return to service until August

Mark RALSTON / AFP

The grounded Boeing 737 Max fleet isn’t expected to return to the skies for at least another two months or more.

That's according to the airline industry’s main trade body, which said the final decision on the timing rested with regulators.

"We do not expect something before 10 to 12 weeks in re-entry into service," Alexandre de Juniac, the director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said at an event in South Korea Wednesday, before adding: "But it is not our hands. That is in the hands of regulators."

The 737 MAX was grounded globally in March following two crashes within five months.

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