Beijing, China - Boeing began to organize meetings with Chinese airline operators to inform pilots and engineers about the improvements made to the flight-control system of the 737 MAXs.
The first meeting was held with China Southern Airlines pilots and engineers on August 5 in Guangzhou. More will follow with other Chinese operators Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines,and Hainan Airlines respectively.
These meetings are among the last steps taken by Boeing after a hard work for months to fly the troubled aircraft again.
A total of 387 737 MAX jets were grounded around the world after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in less than half a year. 96 of these planes were being operated by the Chinese carriers. The 737 MAX customers and operators ask for compensation from Boeing due to the financial losses they incurred by these groundings and delivery delays.
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The US aerospace giant has more than 5000 737 MAX jets on its backlog. The 737 MAX series became the best and the fastest selling aircraft in the company history to date since it was launched in 2011.
Airlines in China claim $500 million loss in total. Boeing already assigned a budget of $5 billion to compensate the losses of its customers.
It's remains unclear when the 737 MAXs will be allowed to fly again. Boeing is still working on a detailed upgrade to the aircraft's flight-control system, including the stall prevention software MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System), which was concluded as the cause of both crashes.
The manufacturer plans to submit the changes to the international regulators for review by September. If these changes are approved, the 737 MAX operators will be able to carry out their scheduled flights with their 737 MAXs that were already set for November.