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Boeing invites pilots to briefing as it looks to return 737 MAX to service

REUTERS
Published : Mar 25, 2019, 3:03 pm IST
Updated : Mar 25, 2019, 3:03 pm IST

The meeting is a sign that Boeing’s planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need regulatory approval.

Garuda Indonesia planned to cancel its order for 49 737 MAX jets citing a loss of passenger trust after the crashes. (Photo: AP)
 Garuda Indonesia planned to cancel its order for 49 737 MAX jets citing a loss of passenger trust after the crashes. (Photo: AP)

Singapore: Boeing Co said it invited more than 200 global airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an information session on Wednesday as it looks to return the 737 MAX to commercial service.

The meeting is a sign that Boeing’s planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need regulatory approval.

Over the weekend, Ethiopian Airlines executives had questioned whether Boeing had told pilots enough about “aggressive” software that pushes the plane’s nose down, a focus of investigation into a deadly crash in Ethiopia this month that led to the global grounding of 737 MAX jets.

The informational session in Renton, Washington on Wednesday is part of a plan to reach all current and many future 737 MAX operators and their home regulators to discuss software and training updates to the jet, Boeing said in a statement.

Garuda Indonesia, which on Friday said it planned to cancel its order for 49 737 MAX jets citing a loss of passenger trust after the crashes, was invited to the briefing, CEO Ari Askhara told Reuters on Monday.

“We were informed on Friday, but because it is short notice we can’t send a pilot there,” he said, adding the airline had requested a webinar with Boeing but that idea had been rejected.

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