Boeing completes trial flights with updated anti-stall software

Daniel Fowler
April 20, 2019

All 737 MAX aircraft have been banned from the world's skies since days after the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10.

On Tuesday, the 16th of April 2019, A Kenyan family had filed a lawsuit in Chicago against the world's largest low-priced aircraft carrier maker over an Ethiopian Airlines crash of a Boeing 737 Max last month, that killed 157 souls on-board, lawyers and family members of victims said.

Muilenburg has been stepping up Boeing's campaign to boost public confidence in the safety of the 737 Max, and the company's airplane designs, after two of the jets crashed within five months.

Garneau said the training must include time in a simulator so pilots can rehearse the circumstances of the Lion Air crash. The campaign has included a 737 Max 7 outfitted with flight-testing instrumentation, as well as aircraft that have rolled out of a Boeing factory south of Seattle with the updated software already installed.

"But obviously, if federal - if the regulatory authorities request that as added training, we will comply with that request", United Chief Operating Officer Gregory Hart said on a conference call on Wednesday.

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Air Canada's rival, WestJet Airlines Ltd., declined to specifically address Mr. Garneau's comments, but the carrier follows all Transport Canada recommendations, a company spokeswoman said by e-mail.

In response to Air Canada's move, Boeing said it was pleased with Ottawa's decision to have a more cautious and "rigorous approach" on the issue.

Air India on Thursday offered special fares to passengers stranded in global routes due to Jet's grounding. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said pilots have completed 120 flights on the jets using the updated software.

The company has proposed a computer-based training that will familiarize pilots upgrading from the 737 NG series with the MCAS system.

Still, the missing Max planes account for 1.4% of United's passenger-carrying capacity.

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