Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boeing CEO says 737 MAX software update working as designed

Boeing CEO says 737 MAX software update working as designed

The world's largest planemaker is under pressure to convince MAX operators and global regulators that the aircraft, which was grounded worldwide in March, is safe to fly again.

Struggling carrier Jet Airways had on Thursday grounded ten more planes due to non-payment of dues to aircraft lessors, bringing down operations to about 70 flights a day from more than 600 it used to operate before the liquidity crisis hit the company, according to a person familiar with the company's operations.

The plane maker is now making test flights of planes fitted with new software aimed solving the problems.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which will consider whether the plane can resume flying in the US, plans to meet Friday with safety officials and pilots from American, Southwest and United, the three USA carriers that were using the Max jet.

The suit follows the October 29 crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX and the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX that killed a total of 346 people.

While it was designing its newest jet, Boeing chose to quadruple the power of an automated system that could push down the plane's nose - a movement that made it hard for the pilots on two doomed flights to regain control. Muilenburg also said Boeing representatives have held meetings in the U.S., the U.K., Singapore and China with pilots and officials from most of the airlines that own Max jets.

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SpiceJet on Friday announced it will induct 16 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft on dry lease to bring down flight cancellations and expand the airline's global and domestic presence.

The report also showed a dip in deliveries of all 737 models, including the older 737-800, which fell to 89 this year, a major decrease from 132 last year during the same period.

In a related development, Democratic Sen.

"Boeing, and the passenger airlines, also hid the fact that Boeing withheld necessary safety features from the Boeing 737 MAX unless airlines purchased them as "extras" or "optional features" in order to keep the price down" to compete with Airbus, the lawsuit states. Markey said the equipment might have alerted crews to false readings from sensors implicated in the crashes that killed all 346 aboard.

The investigations are focusing on the plane's automatic safety system, for which Boeing has promised to deliver a patch and retrain pilots. Boeing has said it will provide the two displays free of charge in the future.

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