Boeing is experiencing a crisis and losses to its main competitor — Airbus. In 2020, the American company received no orders for the first time since 1962. This is a direct consequence of two plane crashes that occurred through her fault.
Boeing’s problems began in 2018 when a new model of the Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Indonesia. Six months later, the same thing happened in Ethiopia. In both cases, the cause was failures in the MCAS system, which warns pilots about the danger. Then the head of the company resigned, and the production of aircraft of this model was suspended.
The question arises: how did the aircraft, in the design of which a serious system error was made, pass a complex certification procedure? After all, before launching a new model, it is still necessary to prove its safety. Surely, professionals of the highest level should deal with such an important matter. The faults lie with those who issued the certificate.
Those who certified these aircraft did not check the software thoroughly enough. They missed a system error because they trusted a huge reputable company.
American-made aircraft are issued certificates by the Federal aviation administration, which trusted the largest manufacturer so much that it gave it a special privilege. Until recently, Boeing had the right to independently inspect and certify its aircraft — of course, with the participation of experts from the Federal structure. It is not surprising that the new model was tested in a simplified mode: the company’s economic interests were more important than the safety of passengers.
It turns out that the company paid for excessive self-confidence. After two major disasters, the world finally stopped trusting the American manufacturer and preferred its main competitor-the French Airbus. The Federal aviation administration also responded: in November, it stripped Boeing of its right to self-certification. However, in its letter, the Agency clarified that this is only a temporary measure. In any case, now the certification of new Boeing models will be much stricter.
All this has radically changed the balance of power in the aviation market: Boeing lost the championship in the supply of aircraft, losing it to Airbus. Also, in 2019, the company announced record losses, and this is probably not the limit. Although some experts are optimistic. They believes that Boeing will become the market leader again soon. However, for now, the company has yet to recover from a serious economic blow and, more importantly, a blow to its reputation. In addition, not only Boeing but also the authorities responsible for aviation security should learn a lesson from this.