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All maxed out?

It has certainly been a turbulent time for Boeing and its 737 MAX product line since the fatal crash of the Ethiopian flight 302 in March, and even more so for the families that lost loved ones.
 

Boeing said it has now completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight.

 

To restore public faith in the MAX, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just hosted aviation regulators from 33 countries to review the 737 MAX software update– which was seemingly behind the crash of two fatal crashes just two months apart.

 

No doubt the international regulators will have scrutinised the FAA’s relationship with Boeing, they would have likely asked some tough questions – for instance, how the FAA approved the aircraft and specifically the anti-stall system that was implicated in the two crashes, and why it took so long to ground the aircraft.

Sources in the camp expressed doubts as to how quickly the foreign regulators will allow the MAX to return to service – particularly in China, which is currently embroiled in a trade dispute with the United States.

 

Some airlines have struggled.  US carrier Southwest Airlines had to deal with more than 10,000 flight cancellations arising from the grounding. The company disclosed in a news release that the grounding ― together with some unrelated maintenance disruptions, the US government shutdown, some severe weather, and softer demand for leisure travel ― collectively cost the airline more than $200 million in revenue.

 

There is currently a total of 371 737 MAX aircraft grounded, and Boeing will be expecting compensation claims from airlines. Just recently, three major Chinese carriers joined United Airlines, Turkish and Ryanair asking Boeing for compensation of grounded fleets.

 

Once the MAX problems are fixed, some passengers will feel some anxiety about flying the MAX again, but like other similar examples in the past, people forget and will head back in the air.


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