Boeing says it has developed a new flight-control software update to provide additional layers of protection for its controversial fire 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The American manufacturer has been reeling following two deadly crashes involving the planes, which have shaken confidence in the aircraft seen as crucial to Boeing’s future plans. One of the models in operation in SA was grounded after an Ethiopian Airlines MAX 8 crashed in Nairobi, Kenya earlier in March, killing all 157 people on board. The crash came after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia late in 2018, killing all 189 people on board. Following the crashes, Boeing shares plummeted wiping billions of dollars off the manufacturer’s market value. JSE-listed airline Comair relented to public pressure and decided to stop using its MAX 8 aircraft after the fatal Ethiopia crash. Other airlines have also grounded their MAX 8s. The SA airline, which operates the British Airways brand locally, said it had taken th...

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