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FARNBOROUGH — Boeing and Delta Air Lines formally launched a public pitch urging congressional action on offering the plane maker relief for a key requirement within the landmark 2020 aircraft certification reform legislation passed in the wake of twin 737 Max crashes.

While Boeing has spent months figuring out how to comply with the law’s varied provisions that increase regulatory oversight, the company has enlisted the top U.S. airlines in advocating on its behalf for a legislative shift that would exempt newly developed models of the 737 Max from requiring a comprehensive crew alerting system found on all its other jets.

Related: Inside the convoluted politics of certifying the last 737 Max models

That major design change would only be required should the Federal Aviation Administration certification of its remaining 737 Max models slip into 2023. That is now a virtual certainty for Boeing’s 737 Max 10, according to those familiar with Boeing and the FAA’s planning.

Comments from Delta’s fleet chief came as the Atlanta-based carrier formally joined the four largest U.S. airlines in buying the 737 Max, signing a deal at the Farnborough International Airshow to acquire up to 130 yet-to-be-certified 737 Max 10 aircraft, confirming The Air Current’s earlier reporting of the impending agreement.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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