Boeing has won backing from the US Congress to waive a looming deadline that would have threatened production of the 737 MAX-7 and -10.

The company had been under pressure to comply with a 27 December deadline setting a new safety standard for cockpit alerts.

The requirement was brought in after two 737 MAX crashes, in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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But an extension to the deadline has now been granted, Reuters reported, and lawmakers are expected to approve it this week.

Boeing’s CEO had threatened to axe the production programme for the MAX 10 unless Congress gave the company a waiver.
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