Issues with the Boeing 737-MAX

The Boeing 737-MAX was made to compete against Airbus' A320neo but the 737-MAX also came with major issues.

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The Boeing 737-MAX was made to compete against Airbus' A320neo but the 737-MAX also came with major issues.

Boeing and Airbus, the two most popular airplane brands, have rivalries just like any other competing companies. This escalated the most when Airbus released a newer version of their already popular A320, which was called the A320neo. This new plane rivaled Boeing’s famous jet, the 737-8. With the brand new A320neo coming out, to keep up with Airbus’s sales, Boeing needed a newer version of the 737. As a result, Boeing developed a new airplane model called the 737-MAX.

Airbus had already gained success with their highly popular A320, but with the A320neo, Airbus replaced the entire engine to be more fuel-efficient and powerful. As a result, this led to more room to fit more passengers. To compete with these changes, Boeing had to put a more fuel-efficient engine, but since the design of the 737 was lower to the ground, compared to the tall frame of the A320, Boeing was forced to move the engines forward and higher, to minimize scratching against the expensive engine.

However, with these changes, the airplane would tilt-up and force a high angle of attack during takeoff. This would lead the aircraft to stall and crash potentially. Although this may seem like a bad idea to put the brand new engines onto the old 737-8, Boeing installed the engines with a new system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System). This system combats the high angle of attack, by maneuvering the rear rudder to point the plane down to lower its angle. One thing Boeing failed to mention to the pilots that flew the 737-MAX, was of the MCAS system. The failure of this mention was a mistake that caused a crash in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with two similar failures that the pilot did not cause.

This devastating mistake that Boeing caused could only be explained by one word, dishonesty. Boeing’s rival, Airbus claimed that a pilot could fly their A320neo with minimal training, so Boeing saw this as an opportunity to strike the same claim, but this was wrong. The marketing strategy that Boeing took was that they wanted to retail the 737-MAX just like Airbus to not lose money. With this came pilots fighting their plane when the MCAS system malfunctioned, causing the rudder to point down into the ground. Combined With minimal training, the pilots didn’t know how to disable the system and crashed.

Boeing encountered many problems with its failed 737-MAX, where every single model has been out of commission due to safety concerns. The Boeing 737-MAX flew around the world for many airlines, but overall the engineering and design of the plane doomed itself from the beginning.