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Jakarta Post

Boeing completes software update for 737 MAX

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 17, 2019   /   12:33 pm
Boeing completes software update for 737 MAX An American Airlines 737 Max sits at the gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York on March 13. (AFP/Don Emmert)

Boeing has announced that it has completed updating software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and engineering test flights.

“We have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight,” said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in a media statement received on Friday.

The software update was conducted after a two crashes involving the 737 MAX airplane: one in Addis Ababa in March operated by Ethiopian Airlines and one off the north coast of Java in October 2018 operated by Lion Air.

According to a company media release, Boeing flew 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights.

The statement says Boeing is providing additional information to address Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requests that include details on how should pilots interact with the airplane controls and displays in different flight scenarios.

“We’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right. [...] The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity,” said Muilenburg.

The statement says that Boeing had developed enhanced training and education materials that are being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer term operations. (bbn)