Boeing Tells Airlines to Get Ready for Free 737 Max Software Fix

By Nizar Manek and Layan Odeh

  • Talks show that regulators are closer to approving update

  • U.S. planemaker asks airline to request free changes to MCAS

(Bloomberg) --
Boeing Co. has asked airline owners of its 737 Max jet to submit orders for a free update of anti-stall software being readied for deployment, in a sign that regulators are closer to approving a proposed fix that could get the planes flying again.
Two deadly crashes in five months have led to a worldwide grounding of the narrow-body jet, Boeing’s most important aircraft. The U.S. planemaker has been working on an update to its anti-stall software, after a preliminary report from Lion Air Flight 610 in October indicated the so-called MCAS system had forced the nose down repeatedly before it plunged into the Java Sea.
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