Boeing says the troubled 737 MAX will be the safest aircraft “to ever fly” once the completed software upgrade is approved by aviation authorities & rolled out across the fleet.

The aircraft manufacturer confirmed late last week that it had completed and trialed a software update for the 737 MAX, two months after the global fleet of 371 planes were grounded due to safety concerns.

The MCAS – maneuvering characteristics augmentation system – software was corrected to enhance pitch stability of the plane and prevent a stall, which is believed to have caused two deadly crashes – Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air – within six months.


In an online statement, Boeing said it’s ready to present the MCAS software enhancement to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after completing 360 hours of trials on 207 flights.

“With safety as our clear priority, we have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight,” Boeing’s Dennis Muilenburg said.


“We’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right.”

“We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly.”

Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Chairman, President & CEO

“The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity, because we know lives depend on what we do,” he added.


In addition, Boeing has developed enhanced training and education materials that are now being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators, and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer-term operations. This includes a series of regional customer conferences being conducted around the world.


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