BOEING CEO DENNIS Muilenburg has said he and other employees at the aircraft maker will be on the first flights of the 737 MAX aircraft for many of its airline customers when it returns to service.
At an annual shareholder’s meeting held yesterday, Muilenburg said, in the past three weeks, he has been on two test flights updated with a software fix for the aircraft’s anti-stall system.
All MAX models have been grounded globally since 13 March after two airline crashes that caused the death of 346 passengers and crew.
The grounding and uncertainty surrounding the aircraft has disrupted the airline industry, with Boeing telling shareholders yesterday it has lost $1 billion in the first quarter of 2019.
Ryanair has ordered 135 modified version of the MAX 8 and has options on 75 more. While, Norwegian Air Shuttle operates 18 of the planes and has ordered a total of 110. It has previously said uncertainty over the aircraft had cost it up to €51 million.
Once the software update is complete, the US Federal Aviation Administration will decide on re-certifying the plane as safe to travel and other global regulators will also make assessments.
With this in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Would you take a flight on the grounded Boeing aircraft after it resumes service?