An aviation trade group expects the planes will remain grounded at least through August
After two deadly crashes, Boeing is scrambling to convince regulators to allow its cash cow, the 737 Max, back in the air. Rebuilding trust with the public will be even trickier.
Aviation authorities worldwide in mid-March grounded Boeing’s best-selling jet, a revamped and more fuel-efficient version of its workhorse aircraft that has been flying for more than 50 years. The same model crashed in Indonesia in October and Ethiopia less than five months later, claiming 346 lives combined.
The aerospace giant now has to repair relationships with travelers, some of whom, surveys published Tuesday showed, would avoid the plane until it flies safely for half a year. It also has to mend things with airlines that have been left without the fuel-efficient jets during the peak summer travel season and flight crews who say they were blindsided by changes Boeing made to the new planes before the company delivered them to airlines. Boeing is under fire from lawmakers, and multiple investigations are looking at how U.S. regulators came to certify the plane just over two years ago.