Boeing 737 MAX is 'long way from ready', airline executive claims
Airline executives warn the plane "is a long way away from being ready," amid criticism regulators are too close to the company.
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March 27, 2019 - By Hannah Thomas-Peter, US correspondent in Renton, Washington
- Airline executives warn the plane "is a long way away from being ready," amid criticism regulators are too close to the company.
With the faith of the aviation industry and the flying public in its bestselling 737 MAX aircraft on the line, Boeing is going to brief more than 200 pilots, technical experts and regulators at its Renton facility in Washington state on Wednesday.
The plane manufacturer is going to present new software fixes for its MAX 8 and 9 planes following the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in which nearly 350 people were killed.
One executive from a major European airline that owns a number of MAX 8s, with more due to be delivered, has warned "the plane is a long way away from being ready" - and claimed it could be a while before it returns to the skies.
Requesting anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly, the executive emphasised Boeing's proposed changes need to be approved by regulators.
They told Sky News: "The MAX 8 is in the very early stages of re-entering the market and we must wait for re-certification."