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How FlyerTalk Feels About the MAX’s Return

How FlyerTalk Feels About the MAX’s Return
Joe Cortez

The continued grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX is a contentious topic among all flyers. But FlyerTalkers are becoming more outspoken about the situation. As a result of everything revolving around the troubled aircraft, FlyerTalkers are calling for changes at Boeing after the extended no-fly order.

Boeing’s next-generation 737 MAX aircraft remains grounded, with no lift in the order in sight. On Sunday, July 14, 2019, American Airlines extended their canceled 737 MAX flights through November 2, 2019, giving little hope that the troubled airframe could be back in the air before the holiday season.

But once the aircraft returns to service, how will flyers take to it? While some airlines have announced waivers for those wary to travel aboard the MAX aircraft, FlyerTalkers have been discussing it amongst themselves. On the forums, many are pointing at Boeing for allowing the flight to take to the skies in the first place.

“Boeing very well could be headed for the toilet and frankly the current management failed miserably,” writes edgewood49 in response to an exposé published by The Seattle Times. “I am not flying a Max not today, not tomorrow.”

“Sadly fixes in place likely could be good enough, but the scrutiny for the Max is going well beyond, probably going to be the most scrutinized plan to be certified ever,” notes chipmaster of the re-certification process from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). “For airlines this is problematic to have capacity grounded and why would any airlines order any more planes with the unknown always there?”

In the aftermath of the two 737 MAX crashes, Boeing’s chief executive offered apologies on national television and pledged $100 million to families affected by the two tragedies. But FlyerTalkers say that’s not enough to raise their opinion of the Chicago-based manufacturer.

“Now that the spotlight is on Boeing, it’s apparent that the entire corporate culture has deteriorated to the point where safety is NOT a top priority,” accuses FlyerTalker Plato90s. “And secrecy is the default choice when it comes to safety lapses.”

Of course, the option of rebranding remains on the table, as BBC News found one 737 destined for Ryanair lacking the “MAX” name. Some of the names suggested by community member Maestro Ramen include the “737 MIN,” or the “737 V5” – or abandoning the name altogether for a new brand, like the “797 Skycruiser.”

In their latest statement about the situation, Boeing noted they would continue to “partner with local governments and non-profit organizations” to support families and communities affected by the situation and would match donations made by employees through the end of the year.

 

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13 Comments

  1. zephyr17

    July 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Not flying on one. Period.

  2. Boggie Dog

    July 16, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I’m not sure the 737 Max is a safe airplane and trust neither Boeing or FAA in the certification process.

  3. Bradhattan

    July 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Uhhhh….wont we find out the new rebranding pretty easily?

  4. am1108

    July 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I hope they don’t call it 797 skycruiser… They need to abandon the 737 after this… It’s time for a more modern aircraft.

  5. OZFLYER86

    July 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

    a week after that start flying again, no one will even remember what a max is. Interestingly at Paris air show I think it was recently, a leasing company ordered 200 max’s. Would not be surprised if boeing gives the max a new name. Ryanair’s max’s are being called 737-8200s I think

  6. glob99

    July 17, 2019 at 9:39 am

    The big question is whether pilots will get additional sim training. Boeing and the airlines oppose this since it would make the MAX a subfleet of the 737. So much for all this safety first proclamations.

  7. jagat101

    July 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve seen MAX flights (AC) going for dirt cheap prices. Nope never will fly one. Even with all the fixes or dumb name changes.

    IMO, sad to say..but after all the fixes are said and done, etc..I’d predict that there will be another MAX mishap..and only then will the MSXwill be permanently grounded. Hopefully FOREVER.

  8. zephyr17

    July 17, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Maybe they’ll rebrand it as the 737 Comet

  9. RSSrsvp

    July 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    MAX needs to be given the AXE!!!
    You will never see me on one!

  10. stanian

    July 27, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Not for me either. Has to have the worst flight hours to crash record ever.

  11. Tootoo

    July 30, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Never will get on one. Start over, Boeing, lose some money, save some lives!

  12. woggledog

    July 31, 2019 at 3:37 am

    The 737 needs retiring. The LA Times did a great piece on why:

    https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-fi-boeing-max-design-20190315-story.html

  13. paj9zo

    August 7, 2019 at 5:36 am

    The potential rebranding is just proof that the leadership of Boeing is doing everything possible to pull the wool over travelers eyes. And of course they will find out that the pig with lipstick is still the same 1960’s-designed plane with engines too large and improperly placed. Boeing’s leadership needs to go!

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