CHICAGO (Reuters) – American Airlines

has delayed plans to begin scheduling Boeing Co

737 MAX training for its pilots in November, the Allied Pilots Association said on Tuesday, as the grounded jet awaits regulatory approval to return to the skies.

Boeing is seeking approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on a series of changes to the 737 MAX following two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that triggered the aircraft’s global grounding. The FAA has also yet to determine new pilot training requirements for the jet.

Last month, American said its training plans could be canceled if the 737 MAX was not recertified.

“We have not made any definitive plans regarding the 737 MAX as the return to service timeline remains fluid,” an American Airlines spokeswoman said. “That’s why we recently adjusted the pilot training scheduling process and will continue to do so depending on when the MAX is recertified.”

She said American Airlines remains in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the recertification process, and continues to work in close collaboration with the pilots union.

Attempting to start MAX training for pilots in November seemed “a bit premature,” as we said recently, said Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines’ pilots.

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Paul Simao)

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Plano-based Toyota Motor North America and the company’s truck and bus subsidiary, Hino USA, say they will jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell electric big rig for the North American market.

The companies will use Hino’s new XL Series chassis and Toyota’s fuel cell technology to deliver “exceptional capability without harmful emissions,” according to an announcement Monday. The collaboration expands on an existing partnership to develop a 25-ton fuel cell electric truck for the Japanese market, which was announced earlier this year.

The first demonstration vehicle is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021, Toyota said.

“A fuel cell powered version of the Hino XL Series is a win-win for both customers and the community. It will be quiet, smooth and powerful while emitting nothing but water,” said a statement from Tak Yokoo, senior executive engineer at Toyota Research and Development.

Toyota and Hino have been working on hydrogen fuel cell technology for 20 years and see it as a zero-emissions alternative to battery power for large commercial vehicles. The companies conducted joint demonstration trials of a fuel cell bus in 2003.

Glenn Ellis, Hino’s senior vice president of customer experience, said the new collaboration is “a game changer.” Hino plans to develop a wide range of trucks with hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Hino’s parent company, Hino Motors Ltd., manufactures the top-selling medium and heavy-duty truck in Japan, buses and diesel engines, and Toyota’s FJ Cruiser and Land Cruiser Prado.

In the U.S., it assembles medium-duty trucks in Mineral Wells, W.Va. Its plant in Marion, Ark., produces axles and suspension components for Toyota’s Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia.

Toyota isn’t the only automaker working on fuel-cell-powered trucks. Two weeks ago, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a hydrogen-electric semitruck that it touted as the future of long-haul transport.

Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler, is