Boeing to upgrade software in 737 MAX 8 fleet in 'weeks'

-A Monitor Report01 Apr, 2019 | 409 Views|-+
Chicago : Boeing confirmed on March 11 that it will deploy a software upgrade to the 737 MAX 8, a few hours after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would mandate "design changes" in the aircraft by April.

Boeing did not refer to Ethiopian Airlines crash in connection to the software upgrade. The statement did express the company's condolences to the relatives of the 157 people who died, however.

The company said in the aftermath of October's Lion Air Flight crash it has for several months "been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 MAX, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer." The software upgrade "will be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks," it said.

In a statement on 737 MAX operation Boeing said, Safety is Boeing's number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. We'll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The United States Federal Aviation Adminis-tration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.

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