The Boeing B-737 MAX is in recertification tests
And those tests will last a few months before Boeing receives permission to put its planes back in the air. And Boeing needs that to happen in order to emerge from the biggest credibility crisis it has had in its long history.
I feel sorry for them, because it is a company that has demonstrated for dozens of years that it knows how to do its work with the right quality, but perhaps the “pressure” to obtain economic results caused its top managers to stop prioritizing security as much as they should.
A posteriori it is easy to speak, but I do it from the respect of a person who has worked for almost 20 years in the world of aeronautics, and knows something of the day-to-day pressures of companies. And I wish our friends of Boeing the best.
We must remember that the B 737 MAX was the aircraft that generated the most benefits to the company, and its grounding has caused billions of dollars of losses, and many more that still have to lose, because there are many demands on the way.
To make matters worse, the Covid-19 has abruptly decreased flights around the world, and almost all companies have canceled order requests, so no one knows what Boeing’s “new normal” will be like when in a few months they manage to recertify the plane, although I imagine that something worse than that of its rival Airbus.
In its communications, the FAA is very cautious and does not anticipate when it will issue the new airplane flight certificate, since they themselves have left part of their image in doubt by having approved the flight of an airplane with serious technical errors.
Test flights are being conducted from Boeing facilities with pilots from the FAA and the company itself.
As I said before, I wish the best to the people of Boeing, but the Covid-19 has been a very serious wake-up call for us to consider how much we need to fly and how we fly.
Large aircraft like the B 737 MAX are highly polluting and will continue to do so in the next dozen years, so the required number of aircraft (and other aircraft models ) will be partly questioned.
Boeing has a “difficult” road ahead of them, as does the rest of the aviation industry.