Ultimate corporate remedy for 737 MAX safety woes – change the name!

The first of the 737 MAXs ordered by low-cost carrier VietJet have just rolled out of Boeing’s paint shop…in mid-December. But you wouldn’t know it. VietJet has a very large order placed with Boeing for the 737 MAX and those orders were signed off on in a blaze of publicity. But there’s barely a squeak from the airline now as the first 737 MAXs in VietJet colors are parked at Boeing’s storage facilities in the USA. Indeed, it seems VietJet is very keen to downplay its ties with the 737 MAX.

…The usual telltale signage that denotes what type of aircraft a passenger might be flying on is missing. Instead, the airline’s branding dominates, and the 737 MAX 8 name is replaced with 737-8.

Here’s Ryanair’s contribution to the charade — the 737-8200

There are rumors online, today, that other big buyers of the model have officially – albeit not publicly – asked Boeing to make a change in designation of the 737-MAX. The wheels spin round and round and what comes out is just another propaganda stunt instead of material solutions to mediocre design.

11 thoughts on “Ultimate corporate remedy for 737 MAX safety woes – change the name!

  1. Invisible hand says:

    “Here’s how the Boeing 737 Max fallout may impact GDP” Steve Liesman, CNBC “Squawk Box” 1/24/2020 https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/24/heres-how-the-boeing-737-max-fallout-may-impact-gdp.html
    “The Boeing Company (BA) will be publishing its results on Jan. 29. In this report, we will have a look at analyst expectations, earnings as projected by our model and what risks there are surrounding Boeing’s share price.” Dhierin Bechai, Seeking Alpha 1/24/2020 https://seekingalpha.com/article/4318681-boeing-737-max-crisis-triggers-multi-billion-dollar-charge

  2. Too Big to Fail Inc. says:

    Boeing has ordered inspections of its entire fleet of grounded 737 Max planes after it found debris in the fuel tanks of some of the aircraft, in the latest setback for the US plane-maker. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/feb/19/boeing-737-max-debris-found-in-fuel-tanks-of-grounded-planes
    The specialist aviation blog Leeham News, which first reported the discovery of the “foreign object debris” (FOD), said it was unlikely that the inspections would delay the re-certification of the jets. However, it will take up to three days to inspect each plane because fuel must be drained and vapors dissipated before the fuel tanks can be opened. https://leehamnews.com/2020/02/18/boeing-finds-debris-left-in-new-737-maxes-now-in-storage/#more-32624

  3. Tailspin Tommy says:

    “The Boeing 737 MAX Nightmare Keeps Getting Worse : A damning report from House investigators shows the worst breakdown in keeping passengers safe since the start of the Jet Age.” (Politico 2/6/20) https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-boeing-737-max-nightmare-keeps-getting-worse
    “Coronavirus means airlines don’t need those grounded Boeing 737 Maxes after all” (2/6/20) https://qz.com/1813657/coronavirus-reduces-the-impact-of-grounded-boeing-737-maxes/
    “Boeing goes on hiring spree in high-stakes gamble on 737 Max : Managers worry about not having enough workers when the company restarts output of the trouble plane.” (2/3/20) https://www.heraldnet.com/business/boeing-goes-on-hiring-spree-in-high-stakes-gamble-on-737-max/
    “The 737 Max crisis has stymied Boeing’s growth. But Boeing faces a longer-term threat that is even more important to overcome: Boeing is falling behind rival Airbus and needs to build the next generation of planes to remain competitive in the future.” (2/11/20) https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/business/boeing-next-jets/index.html

  4. Update says:

    United States-based planemaker Boeing Co failed to submit certification documents to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detailing changes to a key flight control system faulted in two fatal crashes, a long-awaited government report has found.
    The flight control system, known as MCAS, was “not an area of emphasis” because Boeing presented it to the FAA as a modification of the jet’s existing speed trim system, with limited range and use, according to the report seen by the Reuters news agency.
    The 52-page report by the US Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (IG), dated June 29 and set to be made public on Wednesday, laid bare mistakes made by both the planemaker and FAA in the development and certification of Boeing’s top-selling aircraft.
    The FAA and the IG did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Boeing spokesman said the company had taken steps to enhance safety and was committed to transparency. “When the MAX returns to service, it will be one of the most thoroughly scrutinised aircraft in history, and we have full confidence in its safety,” he said.
    The IG’s report is the latest one faulting the plane’s approval, while the Justice Department has an ongoing criminal investigation. https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/pressure-report-alleges-boeing-hid-key-737-max-data-200701022423093.html

  5. Update says:

    (11/7/2020): “American Airlines quietly announced that it would return the Max to its schedule next month : When attention is focused elsewhere, a business can make controversial decisions. But when even your own employees speak out, you may have a problem. Especially when it involves technology and safety.” https://www.zdnet.com/article/american-airlines-quietly-made-a-decision-thatll-disturb-everyone/
    Groups such as FlyersRights.org are demanding that all documents with respect to the FAA and Boeing’s latest 737 Max testing be released publicly so that independent experts can make their own judgments. See Civil Action No. 19-cv-3749 (CKK) https://flyersrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Flyers-Rights-Boeing-MAX-FOIA-Motion-for-Summary-Judgment.pdf

  6. Update says:

    “Boeing will pay more than $2.5 billion to settle criminal charges that it repeatedly concealed and lied about the 737 Max’s engineering problems that led to two catastrophic crashes claiming hundreds of lives.
    The company admitted to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of the deferred prosecution agreement announced on Thursday and will face no further charges from the U.S. Department of Justice.” https://www.npr.org/2021/01/07/954674614/boeing-to-pay-2-5-billion-over-737-max-fraud-faces-no-other-charges

  7. CFIT says:

    “Boeing said it now expects the 777X, a larger version of the 777 mini-jumbo, to enter service by late 2023, delaying the jet’s entry for the third time, due to tougher certification requirements after the 737 MAX safety crisis and plummeting demand.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-results/boeing-to-delay-777x-again-as-it-posts-record-annual-loss-idUSKBN29W1EY
    “The aircraft maker lost a whopping $15.25 a share on an adjusted basis in the fourth quarter that took Wall Street by surprise; analysts had forecast a loss of $1.80 share.
    Boeing’s loss was worsened after the company pushed out the deliveries of its 777X plane to late 2023.
    It took a $6.5 billion charge in the fourth quarter against that wide-body program.” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/27/boeing-ba-q4-2020-earnings.html

  8. Update says:

    The United States Department of Justice has opposed a bid by families of people killed in two Boeing 737 Max crashes that alleged the government violated their legal rights when it reached a $2.5bn settlement with the planemaker last year to resolve a criminal charge.
    In courts filings on Tuesday, the Department of Justice asked a federal court in Texas to deny the families’ request for a hearing.
    The families argued that government lawyers violated a crime-victims law by not telling them that the government was negotiating a settlement with Boeing. They wanted a court to strike down the part of the deal that shields Boeing from criminal prosecution.
    The Department of Justice told the court, however, that the family members are not crime victims. Department lawyers also said the settlement included compensation above what the law required.
    The settlement, reached in January 2021 near the end of former President Donald Trump’s administration, capped a 21-month government investigation into the design and development of the 737 Max following the two crashes, in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019, that killed a total of 346 people. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/8/us-supports-737-max-settlement-says-families-not-crime-victims

  9. p/s says:

    A United States judge on Thursday ordered Boeing Co to appear in court on January 26 to be arraigned on a 2021 felony charge after families of those killed in two crashes objected to a 2021 plea deal.
    Boeing won immunity from criminal prosecution as part of its $2.5bn January 2021 Justice Department-deferred prosecution agreement over a 737 MAX fraud conspiracy charge related to the plane’s flawed design.
    The families argued the Justice Department “lied and violated their rights through a secret process” and asked the US district court judge Reed O’Connor to rescind Boeing’s immunity from criminal prosecution.
    O’Connor, of the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth, ruled in October 2022 that people killed in two Boeing 737 MAX crashes are legally considered “crime victims” and family members had urged him to require Boeing to be legally arraigned on the felony charge.

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