Boeing says 'steady progress' made on 737 Max certification

737 Max pilot training should include flight simulator time, Marc Garneau says

"That was the final test flight prior to the certification flight", he added.

The 737 MAX was grounded worldwide in March following two fatal crashes, forcing Boeing to freeze deliveries.

Boeing is working to deliver a software update and new training proposals for the Max to global regulators after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October and an Ethiopian crash in March, which killed 346 people combined.

Boeing's test pilots, he said had conducted 120 flights, amounting to 203 hours of airtime, with the anti-stall software fix for the Manoeuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

"During the flight, the crew performed different scenarios that exercised the software changes in multiple flight conditions".

"But obviously, if federal - if the regulatory authorities request that as added training, we will comply with that request", United Chief Operating Officer Gregory Hart said on a conference call on Wednesday.

Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral Burning
President Donald Trump said the cathedral "might be greater than nearly any museum in the world and it's burning, very badly". Sixteen statues had been removed last week as part of the renovation and were therefore spared from the fire, the AP reports .

The regulators will determine when the certification flight takes place.

Muilenburg has been stepping up Boeing's campaign to boost public confidence in the safety of the 737 Max, and the company's airplane designs, after two of the jets crashed within five months.

Weighed down by a mountain of debt and falling revenue, Jet Airways announced suspension of its entire operations from Wednesday night and owns 16 wide-body planes, 10 B777-300ERs and six Airbus A330s.

Earlier this week, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau reiterated the need for further simulator training to ensure that pilots will have adequate skills and knowledge in flying the Boeing Max 737 jets. After two weeks for public review, the FAA is expected to publish a final board report, CNN reported.

Looking forward, he said United would discuss with Boeing compensation over costs incurred due to the MAX grounding, noting the temporary grounding of Boeing's 787 soon after it entered service in 2013 as a "historical reference".

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