Boeing making 'steady progress' on path to 737 MAX software certification: CEO

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FILE PHOTO: Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a delivery celebration of the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker to the U.S. Air Force in Everett, Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Boeing Co is making “steady progress” on the path to certifying a software update to the grounded 737 MAX and has made the final test flight before a certification flight, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Boeing’s newest 737 model, the MAX, was grounded worldwide in March following two fatal crashes, one on Lion Air in Indonesia in October and another on Ethiopian Airlines in March, which together killed all 346 on board.

Battling its biggest crisis in years, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer is under pressure to convince MAX operators and global regulators that the aircraft can be safely recertified to fly again.

“We are making steady progress toward certification,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a video on his Twitter account. (bit.ly/2IpDYFx)

Standing in front of a 737 MAX plane at Boeing Field in Seattle, Muilenburg said the company had completed on Tuesday the official engineering flight test with the updated software with technical and engineering leaders on board