Boeing 737 Max has made 135 take a look at flights since grounding


Boeing's 737 Max 8

Boeing’s 737 Max 8


Boeing on Wednesday provided a glimpse at how work is progressing with its 737 Max plane — and on the prices the airplane’s issues have imposed on the corporate.

In its earnings report for the primary quarter of the yr, Boeing stated it is making “regular progress” towards incomes certification for a software program replace designed to rectify points that contributed to 2 lethal crashes in latest months. So far, the corporate has accomplished greater than 135 take a look at and manufacturing flights of the 737 Max with the software program replace in place.

“Throughout the corporate, we’re centered on security, returning the 737 MAX to service, and incomes and re-earning the belief and confidence of shoppers, regulators and the flying public,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg stated in a press release.

The testing routine consists of working intently with each world regulators and airline companions, Boeing stated.

The 737 Max line has been grounded for business flights around the globe since final month, following the crash of Ethiopian Airways flight 302 shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, wherein greater than 150 folks died. In October, Lion Air flight 610 went down within the Java Sea, killing 189 folks. Each crashes concerned the 737 Max Eight plane.

Boeing has stated {that a} frequent hyperlink between the 2 crashes concerned the misguided activation of the plane’s MCAS (Maneuvering Traits Augmentation System) operate, which is designed to counter the potential for the airplane’s nostril to pitch up throughout flight. The software program replace is meant to handle flaws in that system.

Regulators have not but launched their official studies on the reason for the crashes.

Boeing has paused deliveries of latest 737 Max plane and has decreased the manufacturing of airplanes in that line from 52 per thirty days to 42.

That is had an influence on Boeing’s funds. The corporate stated Wednesday that first-quarter income of $11.Eight billion in its business airplanes division (down 9% from $12.9 billion within the year-earlier interval), in addition to the corporate’s money circulation, mirrored decrease 737 deliveries.

Boeing did not instantly reply to a request for extra remark.

Initially posted at 7:44 a.m PT.
Replace, 8:51 a.m PT: Provides background on the crashes and the MCAS system.

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