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Boeing says it has completed 737 Max software fix

Boeing says it has completed 737 Max software fix

Boeing said it has completed software update and tests for 737 Max planes that have been grounded worldwide since March this year following two deadly air crashes in a short span of five months.

The company did say that it is making progress in making the 737 Max with the updated anti-stall system one of the safest planes to fly.

The plane maker said it was in the process of submitting a plan on pilot training to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and would work with the regulator to schedule its certification test flight.

But Boeing's announcement - which lifted shares of the embattled company - comes only a week before the US Federal Aviation Administration is set to brief its global peers among civil aviation regulators on its process for allowing the planes to fly again.

It is unclear when the 737 Max aircraft will return to service but USA airlines have said they hope the jets will fly this summer.

After the fatal crashes in Indonesia last October and in Ethiopia this March, investigators tentatively concluded that the MCAS system repeatedly forced both planes into nose dives, due to spurious data that the system was receiving from a single angle-of-attack sensor mounted on each plane's exterior.

"The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity, because we know lives depend on what we do".

After the first crash, of a Lion Air jet, Boeing told US pilots at the end of November that it could have the software fix ready in about six weeks.

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Boeing's announcement about the software update followed the grilling of FAA acting administrator Dan Elwell by the US House Transportation Committee on Wednesday. The company said it will hold a series of regional customer conferences around the world to inform customers of the new training requirements.

The extent of additional pilot training is emerging as a key issue.

Management at Boeing, according to an investor note from Morgan Stanley, have found a "degree of optimism" as talks with customers and regulators proceed around getting the 737 MAX flying again, "which could potentially occur over the coming months".

Multiple investigations, including the initial crash investigation, are ongoing.

SilkAir's order of 31 Boeing 737 Max planes remains "intact", although the airline may not collect any of the planes in the near future. "I am not happy with a 13-month gap between finding that anomaly and us finding out about it", Elwell said. And during the hearing, Ranking Member Sam Graves, a Republican from Missouri, who expressed concern about tearing down the US system based on what happened in other countries, bolstered that view by raising questions about pilot errors in the crashes and their levels of experience.

Pilots are expected to undergo extra training on the new system once it receives certification.

"That's the reason that we had this crash".

Aviation safety analyst Todd Curtis told the BBC that it would take a lot to convince the pilots and other flight crew members that the Boeing MAX aircraft was safe.