Boeing's 737 MAX Jets

Regulator approves fresh Boeing 737 MAX fixes to allow aircraft resume service

*The US Federal Aviation Administration gives Boeing and the flying public a shot of confidence, saying it is convinced 737 MAX models are safe despite previous mechanical issues

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The seemingly never-ending saga of Boeing’s 737 MAX jet now has a new chapter, thanks to the aviation regulators’ latest approval of recent fixes.

The United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the aircraft manufacturer approval for an electrical fix and notified Southwest Airlines, American, United, and over a dozen other international airlines that they can return more than 60 MAX jets to flying again, agency report said.

ConsumerConnect had reported that Boeing alerted the FAA early April 2021, that it was recommending that operators of certain Boeing 737 MAX airplanes temporarily ground the planes to address a manufacturing issue that could impact a backup power control unit.

“After gaining final approvals from the FAA, we have issued service bulletins for the affected fleet.

“We are also completing the work as we prepare to resume deliveries,” Boeing told Reuters.

Industry observers noted that the news couldn’t come at a better time than now.

This is more so as several airlines are trying to serve the pent-up demand of vaccinated wanderlusters and a beckoning summer travel season, they could use all the available planes they can get to return to the skies, report stated.

Describing the recent action as a pretty straightforward fix, report said unlike Boeing’s past problems with the MAX, this one was pretty easy.

In discussions with lawmakers, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said that the electrical issue called for a “pretty straightforward fix.”

Dickson also was said to have given Boeing and the flying public a shot of confidence when he said that he was convinced that the MAX models are safe, despite the aircraft’s past mechanical issues and fatal crashes.

Now, Boeing hopes its MAX problems are finally behind it, as the financial impact of the 737 MAX’s grounding has created at least $18 billion in losses to the foremost aircraft manufacturer.

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