Boeing 737 MAX software patch expected before end-March — sources

In this file photo taken on October 10, 2018, a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 800 aircraft is seen at the tarmac of the Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu. (AFP)
Updated 16 March 2019
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Boeing 737 MAX software patch expected before end-March — sources

  • Regulators have grounded the 737 MAX around the world

SINGAPORE/PARIS: Boeing Co. plans to release upgraded software for its 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.
The US planemaker has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October.
Similarities between the flight path in the Lion Air incident and Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash have raised fresh questions about the system, but so far there is no evidence on whether the same software is again a potential issue.
Asked about the timeline, first reported by AFP, a Boeing spokesman referred to a statement on Monday that the upgrade would be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.


Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with French carmaker Renault

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Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with French carmaker Renault

  • The merged company would be 50 percent owned by FCA shareholders and 50 percent by Renault shareholders
  • But the French government is cautious about the new merger idea

PARIS: Fiat Chrysler is proposing a merger with French carmaker Renault aimed at saving billions of dollars for both companies.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement Monday that the merged company would be 50 percent owned by FCA shareholders and 50 percent by Renault shareholders.
Renault’s board is meeting outside Paris on Monday morning about the possible merger.
The companies have been in discussions for weeks, as major world carmakers seek ways to save money amid the huge costs of pivoting the industry to electric and autonomous cars.
Renault is already in an alliance with Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi, but the partnership has been troubled since the November arrest of joint chief Carlos Ghosn.
The French government, which owns 15 percent of Renault, is cautious about the new merger idea.