JAKARTA/SEATTLE - Aviation authorities in Indonesia and India on Thursday (Dec 6) pushed for more simulator training for Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots following the deadly Lion Air crash, while the world's largest planemaker reiterated that its top-selling jetliner was safe.
Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told a CNBC interviewer on Thursday he was "very confident" in the safety of the 737 MAX, the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades.
"We know our airplanes are safe," Muilenburg said. "We have not changed our design philosophy."
Muilenburg's comments came the same day that India's aviation regulator said 737 MAX pilots should be trained on a simulator that replicates the suspected scenario that led to the crash, while Indonesia's Transport Ministry said it would immediately impose new requirements for simulator training.
Also on Thursday, Lion Air confirmed an earlier Reuters report that it was considering cancelling 737 MAX orders after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea on Oct 29, killing all 189 people onboard.
Lion Air, a privately owned budget airline, has 190 Boeing jets worth US$22 billion (S$30.1 billion) at list prices waiting to be delivered, on top of 197 already taken, making it one of the largest US export customers. Other MAX customers, including large US carriers, have reiterated they are confident in the plane.
Crash investigators are focusing on the possibility that a new anti-stall system that repeatedly pushed the Lion Air jetliner's nose down was being fed by erroneous data from a faulty sensor left in place after a previous hazardous flight.
Lion Air has 190 Boeing jets worth US$22 billion at list prices waiting to be delivered, on top of 197 already taken, making it one of the largest US export customers.