Boeing invites airlines and regulators to a briefing about the controversial 737 MAX jet

Renton - Boeing has invited airline managers, airline pilots, airline technical personnel, and the civil aviation regulators of the countries for a briefing that will take place on Wednesday.

Boeing did not reveal further details about the meeting, but the manufacturer may have finished the software update to the anti-stall system of the Boeing 737 MAX series jets known as MCAS.

The briefing will be held in the Renton factory of Boeing on March 27, where the 737 MAX jets are manufactured. The meeting aims to inform all current and many future 737 MAX operators and their regulators about the software update and training update for the aircraft, Boeing said in a statement.

Ari Askhara, the chief executive of Garuda Indonesia, who said its airline was planning to cancel an order for 49 737 MAX 8, was also invited to the meeting.

"We were informed on Friday, but because it is short notice we can't send a pilot there," Askhara said, adding the airline had requested a webinar with Boeing but it had been rejected.

The event is the first of planned in-person information session series, a Boeing spokesperson said.

"We have been scheduling and will continue to arrange additional meetings to communicate with all current and many future MAX customers and operators," the spokesperson added.

The 737 MAX is Boeing's best-selling jetliner in the company history, with orders around 5000 copies.

It still remains unclear whether the software upgrade will resolve worldwide concerns about the plane's safety, which deepened after the second crash of the same type on March 10 in Ethiopia.

Yesterday, APA (Airline Pilots Association) announced that American Airlines pilots will test Boeing's software fix for the 737 MAX jets on simulator next weekend.

American Airlines is the second largest 737 MAX operator in the United States with 24 aircraft delivered so far, just behind the Southwest Airlines that has 34 units.