Boeing 737 MAX: Last step before take-off

On Wednesday, 18 November 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) validated the Boeing 737 MAX's enhancements, particularly those of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

Boeing 737 MAX'sThe aircraft will be able to take off again in the U.S. as soon as the flight simulator training package is approved by the FAA.

In order to train pilots as quickly as possible, Boeing, which had only one flight simulator for 737 MAX in early 2020, has added 50 more in several countries.

Nevertheless, the return of the medium-haul aircraft will only be possible once Europe and other countries have authorized the aircraft to access their airspace.

Boeing 737 MAX is back for the Covid-19 vaccine distribution

The 737 MAX returns on the market at the right time. Large-scale distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine requires a massive aircraft fleet. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that 8 000 planes will be needed to transport the vaccine.

Boeing is expected to work against the clock to upgrade the 450 aircrafts produced and not delivered since March 2019. Same concern for the 387 aircraft already received by 48 airlines before they were grounded. Experts estimate to a month the period needed to re-set the aircrafts.

Boeing's biggest challenge today is to convince passengers of the aircraft's reliability. Due to the forced shutdown of the 737 MAX the costumers have lost trust in the aircraft, its manufacturer and the FAA.

The 737 MAX crisis cost the lives of 346 people and according to the Bank of America has cost Boeing between 18 and 23 billion USD.

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