Previously, the company had announced a production halt back in December, because of the grounding of the widely-acclaimed 737 MAX following two deadly crashes. The global grounding was estimated to last into mid-2020.
Calhoun, who held his first conference call with the media since taking the job last week, said that Boeing won't be waiting for FAA approval to start building 737 Max again.
Moreover, he dismissed the idea that the jet might never fly again, or that the company might change the plane’s name.
“I’m all in on it, the company is all in on it, and I believe the FAA is all in on it,” he said, referring to the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA is currently reviewing the changes that Boeing is making to the plane and it was previously stated that the agency is being very careful while checking Boeing’s proposed changes to the Max.
Boeing is expecting regulators to approve the plane's return to service in the middle of the year. While there are still problems present, Calhoun states that he doesn't see recent issues about wiring and software as "serious problems."
However, this raises some questions since the flight-control software system was found to play a role in the two crashes.
He declined to provide a specific date for the start of production. Calhoun said, “We can get this thing back on its horse and we will."
However, some people on Twitter are quite reluctant about the issue.
Would you currently step foot on one?— 🇬🇧❤️(thereal)Rachel❤️🇬🇧💕🌍 (@Rachelbullock67) January 22, 2020
The general public opinion seems to be the discontinuation of 737 Max.
No one will fly on one! Scrap them!!!— Stuart Anderson (@StuAnderson69) January 22, 2020
It seems that Boeing should start building trust before planes since it might have to give out free tickets in order to get the 737 Max on-air on full-capacity.
If I ever find my flight will be one ...... I am going to demand my money back.....I have no faith or trust in them...— Danny St James (@Dano691) January 22, 2020
No one would step on this flying coffin.— Dr Harjinder Singh (@khaliistan_1984) January 23, 2020
Thanks but no thanks