The changes are meant to decrease the chances of triggering the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, which is believed to have played a role in the Lion Air crash in October.
The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the FAA has given its tentative approval to the fixes.
Garuda Indonesia, which on Friday said it planned to cancel its order for 49 737 MAX jets citing a loss of passenger trust after the crashes, will skip a briefing organized by Boeing to prepare for the return of the 737 MAX to commercial service.
Kenya Airways chairman Michael Joseph was quoted saying the airline would not cancel its order for Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.
At the gathering, pilots from the three American carriers, plus two smaller non-US airlines, ran simulated flights created to mimic the situation that brought down the Lion Air flight in Indonesia past year, using the current and updated software, according to the person briefed on the session.
Airlines and aviation oversight bodies around the world grounded the 737 MAX planes earlier this month after the crash an Ethiopian Airlines flight.Читайте также: Personal Data of 2 Million Disaster Victims Botched by FEMA
"We were informed on Friday, but because it is short notice we can't send a pilot", Askhara said, adding that the airline had requested a webinar with Boeing, only to be rejected.
He again stressed the modernity of the airline's safety and training systems, which include a dedicated simulator for the 737 Max, adding: "Contrary to some media reports, our pilots who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators". It had been using five of the Max planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more.
The airline also said that it would continue to work with aircraft manufacturer, The Boeing Company, and the United States Aviation, despite the incident.
In a statement Sunday, Boeing called the meeting a "productive session" and said that they had invited more than 200 pilots and technicians, as well as regulators, to an informational session at the company's production facility in Renton, Washington, on Wednesday. A preliminary report into the Lion Air crash has suggested the combination of incorrect sensor readings and MCAS contributed to the plane diving into the sea.
Investigators in that case have honed in on the MCAS automated anti-stalling system created to point the nose of the 737 MAX 8 downward if it is in danger of stalling, or losing lift.
He said: "And even after the Lion Air crash...more should have been done from the Boeing side in terms of disclosure, in terms of coming up with strong procedures, stronger than what they gave us". "Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing". It has ordered 20 MAX jets and committed to buying a further 40.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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