Old 9th Apr 2019, 20:09
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Water pilot
 
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Originally Posted by Tango and Cash View Post
Once a fix is implemented, the certification authorities lift the grounding (I suspect in unison, at least the FAA won't be the first), and the first few flights are perfectly routine, the media will quickly lose interest, passengers will forget whether they're on a Boeing or an Airbus, and the whole thing will be forgotten by 99.9% of the traveling public.
I would hope so but it is new days, the internet is forever. Even back in the stone ages the billions spent on developing the Pinto went up in smoke. Now websites tell you what model of plane you are flying. Every time a MAX has a turnaround because of “smoke in the cabin” due to aiconditioning issues the media will lead with “... and in 2019 two MAX planes crashed...”. And if god forbid there is another one anywhere in the world for any reason.

I’m trying to imagine this from an airline executive’s (or lease company executive) point of view many who are now paying fees on planes that are not producing revenue. This will last, apparently for up to six months according to the latest that I read. Perception is everything and this incident was so badly handled that all the PR flacks in the world will have a hard time putting Humpty Dumpty back together.

I wonder how hard it would be to reconfigure planes in production back to the previous model?

Right now we are planning a trip and as I typed this my wife asked “how about the 737-900? Is it OK?”
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