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The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday granted its first post-grounding airworthiness certificate to a 737 Max, clearing the way for Boeing to resume deliveries, the U.S. aviation regulator confirmed.

Related: American Airlines to lead 737 Max return to service

As part of its intense regulatory scrutiny, the FAA revoked Boeing’s ability to grant airworthiness certificates for individual aircraft, requiring a complete inspection by U.S. government aviation inspectors as the jets are prepared for delivery. Each nose-to-tail FAA inspection takes roughly eight hours to complete.

“We expect to have sufficient number of inspectors on hand to meet Boeing’s planned delivery schedule for the foreseeable future. We’ll defer to Boeing to discuss the company’s manufacturing and delivery plans,” an FAA spokesman told The Air Current.

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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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