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Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos pictured in a MAX 8 cockpit in 2017 (photo: Norwegian)

Norwegian CEO: MAX software “seems foolproof”

A former pilot, Kjos was in Seattle to meet Boeing and try out the manufacturer’s new software for the controversial 737 MAX 8.

Norwegian chief Bjørn Kjos has tested the Boeing’s new software for its controversial 737 MAX 8 aircraft and says it “seems foolproof”.

A former fighter pilot, Kjos was in Seattle where he met Boeing to discuss the 737 MAX 8’s problems.

“The new system seems foolproof even if you are not flying on autopilot, or if you don’t turn off the autopilot if a problem occurs,” he proclaimed on Twitter.

He said he had been in an aircraft simulator both with the new and the old versions of the MCAS anti-stalling system to see how it works if there is an error.

His visit took place shortly before the apology of Boeing’s chief executive MCAS for the loss of life in the two accidents involving 737 MAX 8 aircraft and admission that it was likely the MCAS system was involved.

“I hope the regulators will have safety in focus as always and not be directed by politics. I will gladly take my family on board a Norwegian MAX,” Kjos said.

Software update
More than 300 Boeing 737 MAX planes have been grounded worldwide after the two air disasters in the space of five months, killing nearly 350 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Boeing said earlier this week that the software enhancement package it is working on for the aircraft type should emerge in the coming weeks, which is longer than it initially announced.

Norwegian has 18 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet and as many as 92 more on order, saying it will seek compensation from the aircraft maker for the costs of having to lease replacement planes.

“We’re going to send the whole bill to Boeing,” communications director Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen told E24 in March. “Norwegian will not bear any financial burden for brand new aircraft not being used in traffic.”

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