Will the Boeing 737 MAX Need to Change its Name to Fly Again?
Does the Boeing 737 MAX still have a future? In airlines, as in the supply chain of the aircraft, we are reduced to pray that the aircraft is back in the air. The US mid-air has been grounded since March 13 after two crashes in less than six months, which killed 346 passengers and crew. It could remain so for at least a year, according to consulting firm Archery Strategy Consulting (ASC).
For its part, Boeing no longer runs the risk of setting a precise schedule for the resumption of the flights of its bestseller, ordered to more than 5,000 copies. In a statement released on Friday, July 19, it was only hoped that “the 737 MAX’s return to service in the United States and other countries [would] be validated by the competent authorities from the beginning. fourth quarter of 2019 “.
It must be said that since the regulatory authorities for the aviation sector, the United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), have decided to upgrade the MAX to scanner, keep coming up with technical problems. Thus, in early July, EASA put its finger on an autopilot failure. “Now that we search, we find! Exclaims the boss of a leading Boeing medium-haul provider.
This accumulation of trouble ruins the reputation of the MAX. “The plane is deteriorating in terms of confidence,” says Laurent Magnin, CEO of the French company XL Airways and one of the best connoisseurs of air transport. However, he refuses to consider a definitive withdrawal of the device. “Stop 5,000 planes manufactured or delivered, it would be unheard! On the other hand, the bad publicity surrounding the MAX is such that Mr. Magnin does not rule out the idea that the plane is forced to “change its name” to resume commercial flights and not scare passengers.
Air France embarrassed in its strategy
Some airline customers have already taken the plunge. Photos in support, the specialized website Air Journal revealed that the low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair had already begun to rename its MAXs that take dust on the parking lots of the Boeing plant in Renton (Washington State, North West of the United States). Future passengers will not fly on MAX, but on 737-8200.