The U.S. safety regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has approved Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft to go around and lift the grounding order issued in March 2019 after two fatal crashes.
This is a landmark for Boeing. The outside world blamed Boeing for the crash. Two crashes and investigations pushed the airline into a crisis. The impact of the new crown epidemic this year has led to a slowdown in the aviation industry and Boeing’s financial difficulties have deepened.
Existing aircraft need to be modified in design before they can be put back into service. The Federal Aviation Administration said the permit would not allow the aircraft to return to the sky “immediately.” In addition to software and wiring changes, pilots also need training.
After the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, regulators around the world ordered the grounding of the 737 Max
The Federal Aviation Administration stated that its requested design changes “have eliminated the cause of these special accidents.” The boss of the Federal Aviation Administration said he was “100% confident” in the safety of the aircraft.
Steve Dixon said: “We have done everything we can to ensure that’this type of accident will not happen again’.”
In addition to improving the aircraft, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said that after the disaster, The company has strengthened safety awareness and practice operations.
Calhoun said: “We will never forget the lives lost in these two tragedies, which led to Boeing’s decision to suspend operations of this type of aircraft.” The former CEO of Boeing Dennis Muilenburg was fired last year. Later took over the position. He said: “These disasters and lessons have reshaped Boeing, and we will focus on the core values of safety, quality and integrity.” The
go-around approval was the result of Boeing’s expectations a year ago, but for the families of many victims. It’s too early to say.
Paul Njogi, who lost his wife, three children and mother-in-law in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, said he lacked confidence in Boeing.
Some people expressed “absolute disappointment” with the decision, while others said they did not have confidence in regulators or Boeing. Boeing initially tried to attribute the crash to the pilot’s errors. Currently, the families of the victims and the company. The lawsuit continues.
”Who will meet them? I won’t believe it.” Paul Njogi said, his wife, three children and mother-in-law died after the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed.
Is the 737 MAX safe?
Boeing and the FAA insist on this view. Of course, the direct cause of the accident has been resolved. Pilots and safety experts seem to be confident about the changes to the aircraft.
But Boeing and regulators still have a lot to prove.
For Boeing, the severe criticism of its corporate culture has been resolved, and safety is indeed a top priority as it often claims.
For the FAA, its decision to make Boeing’s aircraft with serious design flaws go around can be justified.
The plane is about to go around, but the world has changed. The 737MAX is designed for the booming aviation market: airlines urgently need new aircraft, and high fuel prices have prompted the development of efficient aircraft.
Lost his wife in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, three children and mother Paul Enqiao Ji said his lack of confidence in Boeing
now because the new crown epidemic crisis, aviation industry not hold fast. It is not surprising that some airlines have cancelled orders.
However, industry insiders will look farther. Air traffic will eventually recover and eventually require cost reductions. Environmental pressure will only increase. From the above perspective, the 737 MAX can still play a role.
The United States was the first country to revoke the grounding order, and European aviation officials said they are about to make a similar decision.
A spokesperson for the British Civil Aviation Authority said that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is responsible for the re-certification of the aircraft in EU member states and the UK. He said: “We will continue to work closely with the European Aviation Safety Agency to deal with all issues related to the Boeing 737MAX and any decisions made by the European Aviation Safety Agency to resume services.”
At the press conference, Dixon said that the Federal Aviation Administration has been Working closely with officials in Europe, Canada and Brazil, he expects that they will get the plane to go around in “a few days.”
But analysts say that in other places such as China, the go-around may take longer.
The crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia were less than five months apart, resulting in 346 deaths. These accidents are believed to be due to a defect in the automatic flight software “MCAS”, which caused the aircraft to crash quickly after takeoff.
A report from the US Congress stated that Boeing was eager to produce and decided to ignore internal safety issues and conceal key changes including pilot training requirements, which were the cause of the accident.
It also accused the FAA of oversight errors including “over-authorization of Boeing.” The US Congress later approved legislation aimed at reforming the Federal Aviation Administration.
Boeing estimates the cost of the grounding event is about 20 billion U.S. dollars, but it still faces investigations, potential fines and other lawsuits. Boeing is trying to rebuild its reputation in the unprecedented downturn in the aviation industry.
Before the crash, Boeing produced more than 50 737 MAXs every month and delivered 385 of this type to airlines worldwide. But since the epidemic, airlines all over the world have cancelled and postponed orders.
Boeing said it does not expect its production rate to exceed 30 aircraft per month by 2022. It warned investors that there is a backlog of about 450 737 MAX aircraft, of which only about half will be delivered by the end of next year.
But a consumer association in the United States warned that many passengers may still be unaccustomed to flying in this type of aircraft, which airlines such as Tui and Ryanair in the UK are using.
”Airlines that plan to fly this aircraft type should allow existing reserved passengers to choose to transfer to other flights for free. At the same time, the operator should also clarify which aircraft will be used for future bookings, so that passengers can make arrangements before travelling. Choose wisely.” Travel editor Rory Boland said.
John Grant of the aviation data company OAG said that the upgrades, maintenance, and pilot training required by the FAA are a logistical “nightmare” for airlines when the weekly demand is high. Many airplanes will probably not return to the sky soon.
He warned that Boeing’s taint will also linger. “Its reputation is not good and it will take time to recover. Although Boeing has obtained a safety certificate, it will take time (to restore its reputation).”