WASHINGTON—The unique series of steps required to approve hundreds of stored aircraft for delivery to eager airlines has convinced the FAA that it needs to take over issuing airworthiness and export certificates for Boeing 737 MAXs once the agency has cleared the aircraft to return—a move that aligns with its stated pause on delegating any 737 re-approval work. “The large number of new 737 MAX airplanes currently in storage presents a number of challenges for airworthiness ...

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