Boeing Has Completed 800 737 MAX Test Flights

Boeing has today issued a press release addressing the progress of the 737 MAX’s return to service. The aircraft has now been grounded for over half a year following a second fatal accident of the type in March. So far, more than 800 test flights of the 737 MAX fix have been flown.

Boeing 737 MAX, Test Flight, Progress Update
Over 800 test flights of the new 737 MAX software have taken place. Photo: Boeing

The Boeing 737 MAX has been the centre of attention in the aviation world this year. Almost a year ago, an aircraft being operated by Lion Air crashed shortly after takeoff resulting in significant loss of life. When an almost identical accident affected an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX in March, the aircraft was progressively grounded around the world. Since then, Boeing has been working tirelessly to get the 737 MAX back into the skies.

What’s happening?

Today Boeing issued a press release entitled “Boeing Progress on 737 MAX Safe Return to Service”. In this, the aircraft manufacturer used the opportunity to address the progress it is making on returning the Boeing 737 MAX to service.

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Two main topics were addressed by the company. These were entitled “What we are doing”, in addition to “What we have changed”. Various things from assisting the families of the families affected to changes in governance were discussed by the manufacturer. However, Boeing also went into detail about the progress of flight testing for the type.

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Boeing 737 MAX, Test Flight, Progress Update
Boeing is working around the clock to get the Boeing 737 MAX back into the skies safely. Photo: Boeing

Test flight progress

According to Boeing, progress is being made with testing the software fix which could unground the 737 MAX. The manufacturer says that so far more than 800 flights have been flown utilising the new software. This equates to around 1,500 flight hours, giving an average flight time of around 1.9 hours.

In addition, a huge number of people have been involved in simulator trials of the updated software. Just under 450 people have flown the new Boeing 737 MAX software in the simulator. The manufacturer says that these individuals come from 140 entities around the globe including Boeing customers in addition to regulators.

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The American manufacturing giant goes on to say “Just last week the company successfully conducted a dry-run of a certification flight test.”

What else has been happening?

Boeing has also been engaging in other tasks related to the 737’s grounding. Firstly, the manufacturer established a fund to help those affected by the 737 MAX crashes, which has already been accepting applications.

Boeing 737 MAX, Test Flight, Progress Update
The Boeing 737 MAX has now been grounded for over half a year. Photo: Boeing

Boeing has held 20 conferences around the globe. At these, more than 1,100 individuals have been in attendance learning about how the huge task of a return to service will be accomplished. Additionally, Boeing has continued to provide 24/7 support to customers with the aircraft sitting around, in addition to those due to receive the aircraft.

Additionally, the company goes on to talk about separating the role of CEO and Chairman. While Dennis Muilenburg remains Boeing’s CEO, he has lost his position as Chairman. Along with forming a Product and Services Safety organization, the manufacturer has also been investing in encouraging the future workers of the aviation industry.

Commenting on the progress update, Dennis Muilenburg said,

“We continue to make steady progress in safely returning the 737 MAX to service. Our Boeing teams are unwavering in their commitment to our customers and our values, and the changes we’re implementing now will further strengthen our approach to safety across our company and the aerospace community.”

What do you make of Boeing’s progress on the 737 MAX? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Fitz

Boeing gotta do more real world testing. They
won’t gain enough ground by only doing flight simulations, Its just NOT the same thing. Take a MAX up for real a few times. film it, document it and show the results for all to see. That will help Boeing a lot more. This comes from a Boeing fan.

Lowflying

Fitzy, mate, article says 800 actual test flights.

Kaden

Yeah whats a 737 max-800?

Christian

LOL, I think this guy is drunk

Dennis

What about the under-the-table stuff? Nowhere has Boeing mentioned how much they’ve had to bribe the FFA. I guess it’s going to take more this time.

Garth

What is FFA? Future Farmers of America?

Frank

Good to hear – but methinks I’ll wait awhile and allow other customers to fly in it for a year or so, before I give it a chance. It’s child’s play in today’s day and age of online booking to avoid flying it – so I’ll go with the alternatives for the time being…

Brody Cyr

Hell yes. I can’t wait to fly on one of these beautiful planes. No sarcasm intended, I actually want to fly on a 737MAX.

Frank

Travel insurance with a named beneficiary is strongly recommended…

Blair

There will be no meaningful progress at Boeing until CEO Muilenburg is booted, along with other Boeing managers and engineers who signed off on the 737 MAX and its poorly conceived and executed MCAS system. The company should start now designing a new, clean-sheet aircraft to replace the MAX variant once and for all.

William

Yes , exactly correct ! Long overdue !

Daniel

Good luck to the “fortunate” passengers to fly again in this plane, IF it’s approved to fly anytime soon.

Ralph howard

You would ‘t get me on a Max80 whatever reassurances they (Boeing ) may give us.
Why risk it when there are so many alternatives.?

Joseph

Flying on a 737Max will be akin to touching a live Cobra – you have no idea how the two will respond!! Perhaps all will be well or perhaps not at all!!

William Hoover

Frankly I can clearly recall quite similar problems with the legendary B727 trijet of yore . Those of us with clear memories from the 1970’s will recall the several crashes of this aircraft , always on landing approaches ; I remember especially well one happening in Cincinatti , Ohio . And there were a few others as well as I can recall. The ensuing investigations revealed that the airplane must be kept in a throttle up , nose up attitude when attempting to land . ( These three engines had a significant lag when attempting to spool up , needing… Read more »

stogieguy7

I would not put my family on one of these aircraft, even following recertification. No way. The design of this Frankenstein’s monster makes it awkward to deal with at best. And what other short cuts were made to get it in the air? And I say this as someone who’s actually flown in a MAX more than once, as a passenger. At the time, it seemed pretty cool to me though most of my fellow passengers didn’t find it any different than a 737-800. Little did I know what was lurking, and that disaster would strike a few weeks later.… Read more »

Bodimz

Nothing has changed in this company,. Even the deaths of hundreds barely seems to concern them as they only flaunt words like “safetiest” and are not addressing their own destructive behaviors. Who cares? Buddies at the FAA are already bending themselves to kiss their master’s feet at Boeing! Billions of dollars for airlines customers and hundreds for lost lives to real people show Boeing’s real priorities. And now, we have to suffer “safety testimonies” on YouTube by low-end employees at Boeing that had nothing to do with those decisions, serving as public fodder while the board will cover themselves in… Read more »