More than over a year after its best-selling plane was grounded, Boeing is finally close to getting the 737 MAX approved to fly passengers and return to commercial service again!
The aircraft won’t be flying any time soon, since it was grounded in March of 2019 after 2 crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing has been trying to fix the safety feature that malfunctioned, forcing the planes to go down. Boeing has missed deadlines to get approvals to fly the aircraft once again, but test flights are happening now which will give the needed clearance. Still however, neither Boeing nor the FAA have a confirmed date for when we the passengers will resume flying on one.
Source : DW
However, Boeing will have to get approval from other regulators around the globe as many international airliners have purchased the aircraft. Another crucial step is to start repairs on all the grounded aircraft all over the world which is close to 400. Not only does the safety feature have to be repaired but some wiring problems have also been found out which will need to be fixed as well.
“Boeing has already begun modifying [the wiring of] airplanes that have not yet been delivered and is coordinating modification efforts with the airlines,” the company said. “New airplanes being built will include this update as well.”
What happens when the FAA certifies the aircraft?
Pilots will definitely have to spend ample time training and in simulators with regards to the safety system. The grounded aircrafts are currently in storage facilities as they undergo periodic maintenance. The FAA will approve only when the aircraft has undergone multiple tests and evaluation, and it could very well take 2 weeks to a month to bring a MAX back to service.
How can I tell if I’m flying on a Boeing 737 Max?
If you’re waiting at the gate for your plane and you see a plane with large and pointy fins extending above and below the wingtips, they are called winglets. The winglets of the MAX definitely stand out!
With COVID-19 slowing airline travel, what’s the hurry?
The MAX is more fuel efficient than the older 737 planes, and that fuel saved means a lot of cash is also saved, so airlines want to get these planes into service as soon as possible, with the Covid-19 pandemic in the mix just making it a little tough for everyone.
Sources: Economic Times, CNN & India Times
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