Boeing 737 Max is Ready to Come Back, StayBy Emilio Aristegui | Thu, 08/26/2021 - 17:01
After a 20-month ban following two catastrophic crashes, the Boeing 737 Max is set to start flying globally again. Aeroméxico has an order for 60 Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9, which it aims to use for the first time on its Mexico City-Cancun route.
Aeroméxico invested in 60 aircraft worth around US$6 billion to upgrade its current fleet. However, its upgrading plans were halted when the 737 Max was grounded following two fatal crashes that caused the deaths of hundreds of people in late 2018 and early 2019. The catastrophic events that led to both crashes caused Boeing to update the software involved. Later, the company said that it will “never override the pilot’s ability to control the airplane using the control column alone.” The new upgrades allowed the aircraft’s ban to be lifted, meaning that Aeroméxico is finally set to use the improved Boeing 737 Max.
Aeroméxico will start to prepare its certified pilots to comply with the necessary training requirements of the new aircraft. Full focus has been set to purchase a new flight simulator for pilots to start training as soon as possible. Even though the projected arrival of a brand-new simulator is set for February 2022. This new technological asset will allow pilots to train for the Boeing 737 Max and the Boeing 737 Ng according to Aeroméxico: “Therefore, in light of the aircraft acquisitions and the transactions with the DAE, the debtors believe that acquiring this simulator at this time is in the best interest of their assets, as it would allow debtors to fully maximize the value and profits.”
The Boeing 737 Max will provide better services than other aircrafts as announced on Aeroméxico’s website: “The most eco-friendly aircraft. The 737 Max uses less fuel than any other aircraft. This means less CO2 emissions on each flight.” Aeroméxico’s 737 Max will also provide Wi-Fi and one of the best entertainment systems in-flight. New seats will provide more space for passengers and their belongings as well.
The Mexican airline suffered from the ban, as it waited for 54 aircrafts to be delivered and had 6 suspended from its Mexico City-Lima and Mexico City-Bogota routes. The lift of the ban will be the start of Aeroméxico’s fleet upgrade process.