Changes that USA aircraft manufacturer Boeing has proposed in the wake of two deadly accidents of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft are "suitable", a government source has said.
In a Monday tweet, Trump said, "What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name".
A 57-page draft report by the Flight Standardization Board Tuesday said engineers are still working on a software update for the plane, which has been grounded worldwide since shortly after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet last month.
The negative publicity Boeing has received over the crash of two of its 737 MAX jets and the subsequent grounding of these aircraft could wipe Dollars 12 billion off the brand value, according to United Kingdom consultancy firm Brand Finance, reported by Reuters. A Boeing spokesman couldn't immediately be reached for comment. If the board had recommended training on simulators - or FAA decides to require that anyway - it could further delay the plane's return. "The MCAS system was found to be operationally suitable".
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Before the initial report from FSB was released, Boeing shares had been plummeting due to increased scrutiny. A similar situation was experienced by Lion Air pilots past year; that crash killed 189 people when the 737 plunged into the ocean.
The FAA said that it would not allow the planes to fly until it approved the software updates and pilot training systems. The system was designed for the 737 MAX model in order to prevent an anomaly caused by heavier and wider engines.
In an early-morning post on Twitter, Trump, who owned the Trump Shuttle airline from 1989 to 1992 and is an aviation enthusiast, weighed in with his own advice. American has previously said that all flights that were originally scheduled on a MAX plane will not be canceled, with some being substituted with other aircraft.
No airlines in the US now have a Max-specific simulator. Not only must it receive a technical sign-off by the FAA, but there is also the tricky issue of public acceptance after the two high-profile crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. "If we can do something better today, why put a timeline on it that's distant?"