China's three biggest airlines have asked US planemaker Boeing Co to compensate them for losses caused by the grounding and delayed deliveries of 737 MAX jets, just as regulators gather to discuss design changes for the troubled aircraft.
The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday he does not have a specific timetable for when the agency may unground the Boeing 737 MAX that has been involved in two fatal crashes since October.
A Boeing spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday the company has been working closely with the FAA and global regulators on processes to certify the updated MAX software and enhance pilot training.
But before that can happen regulators "are going to want a lot of explanation", said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group.
The meeting will involve 57 agencies from 33 countries, including China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
Canadian and American regulators have differed on the proper training for the 737 MAX 8, with Canada insisting pilots train in a flight simulator and the U.S. saying a training course on a computer or iPad is enough.
Chicago-based Boeing has developed a software fix that won't allow MCAS to push down a plane's nose a couple of times and it will rely on data from two sensors instead of one in an attempt to lower the chances that a single malfunction can trigger it.
Pilot training will be required before the planes can be flown, though not necessarily simulation-based instruction, Elwell said.
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There is also support for "Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound" and "AI frequency compensation' to reduce earphone irritation and fatigue". While Huawei has submitted a number of handsets, this is the first time Honor packed a camera worthy of the attention of DxOMark.
When asked if the Ethiopian crash might have been prevented if Boeing had taken action on the pilots' suggestions, Tajer said, "I think that's a fair conclusion". And he made a remarkable appeal for global unity regarding the 737 Max and its future.
It has already been more than two months that the planes have stayed on the ground.
Europe's biggest discount airline had been due to get the first Max of 135 on order in April, but deliveries were frozen after the deadly loss of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on March 10 highlighted concerns about an anti-stall system.
"It takes as long as it takes to be right", Elwell said.
The FAA said it is "still under review".
A French woman whose husband died in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner in Ethiopia has filed a US lawsuit against the plane maker, seeking at least 276 million USA dollars in damages.
The Shanghai-based carrier has grounded 14 MAX planes while the United States aviation giant addresses the safety risks.
"We will be sharing with them the safety analysis that will form the basis for our return-to-service decision", Elwell said.