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- Aug 24, 2003
All this to keep Southwest happy [emoji52]. Still it was Boeing’s responsibility to put safety ahead of Southwest’s business desires.This is conversation from Boeing.
Now friggin Lion Air might need a sim to fly the MAX, and maybe because of their own stupidity. I’m scrambling trying to figure out how to unscrew this now! idiots,” one Boeing employee wrote in June 2017 text messages obtained by the company and released by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
In response, a Boeing colleague replied: “WHAT THE F%$&!!!! But their sister airline is already flying it!” That was an apparent reference to Malindo Air, the Malaysian-based carrier that was the first to fly the Max commercially.
Doing simulator training would have undercut a critical selling point of the jet: that airlines would be able to allow crews trained on an older 737 version to fly the Max after just a brief computer course.
i think they have figured out that won't work. Lion Air was one of Boeing largest customers.
It is somewhat damning that when Lionair asked for Simulator Training that was turned down because it did not align with Boeing’s business need, and not because it was unequivocally unnecessary as established by facts that have unfolded since then.