The Boeing 737 MAX has completed its certification flights - The Point

little by Little, the 737 MAX, Boeing is trying to regain the sky in a sustainable way. Wednesday the 1st of July, it has completed its series of certification

The Boeing 737 MAX has completed its certification flights - The Point

little by Little, the 737 MAX, Boeing is trying to regain the sky in a sustainable way. Wednesday the 1st of July, it has completed its series of certification flights, a crucial step for the survival of the aircraft that featured in the giant aerospace american, but not sufficient to resume service, said on Wednesday the regulator of the aviation us (FAA).

"The FAA and Boeing have completed today the flight test certification on the Boeing 737 MAX. During three days of tests this week, pilots and engineers, the FAA has assessed the modifications made by Boeing in connection with the automated system of flight controls," said the FAA in a press release. It is she who will give or not the green light to the 737 MAX so that he can eventually return to the air.

The certification flights began on Monday

The plane is nailed to the ground since march, 2019, in the world, after two accidents close together, which received a total of 346 deaths. The plane had started its campaign certification flights Monday at 09: 55 pm (1655 GMT) from Boeing Field, near Seattle, the birthplace of the builder. The FAA has not given any details on how the theft took place but has taken the trouble to insist on the fact that the agency "does not lift the flight ban when the security experts of the FAA will be certain that the aircraft met the certification criteria".

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The agency itself has been questioned during the investigations launched after the accident. In particular, they have uncovered a relationship of connivance between the agents of the FAA and the teams of Boeing, which could lead to a certification that is too fast for the aircraft and its system anti-stall, the MCAS. This software has been implicated as well in the accident, the company's indonesian Lion Air in October 2018, as that of Ethiopian Airlines in march 2019.

For months, Boeing just to put it back into service its medium-haul, which sales were prior to this crisis as his main source of income. For Boeing, it is urgent to be sent his plane to get out of an historical crisis, but in its press release the FAA has detailed yet half a dozen conditions to be met for a possible certification. She gave no timetable. This aircraft represents more than two-thirds of the order book of the giant aerospace american. At the end of April, the group announced the removal of 10 % of its workforce, or 16,000 jobs. S&P had downgraded in the wake of its financial strength rating from A - to BBB, the consigning it now to a notch of the category of the speculative.

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Updated Date: 01 July 2020, 19:33

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