Max pilot training should include flight simulator time, Marc Garneau says

Minister Marc Garneau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

Minister Marc Garneau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

"We are making steady progress toward certification", Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a video on his Twitter account.

Air Canada said it was the only carrier in the United States and Canada with 737 Max simulators.

Boeing said on Wednesday it was making "steady progress" on the path to certifying the software update and had made the final test flight before a certification flight. "Yesterday we completed the official engineering flight test of the updated software with our technical and engineering leaders on board the airplane".

The Boeing CEO recently flew on a 737 MAX test flight, where he personally experienced the updated software.

"More than 85 percent of the 50-plus MAX operators around the globe also have had the opportunity to see the update in action during simulator sessions", added Muilenberg.

Executives said they are covering most Max flights by using spare jets and deferring maintenance jobs such as WiFi installations and paint jobs on other planes - not safety-related items, they said.

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations
Amazon's China site has been running since 2015 but sales have lagged behind those of Chinese retail giant Alibaba. The online retailer now plans to focus on selling overseas products to Chinese customers rather than local goods.

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

READ: Canadians and USA differ on 737 MAX training.

Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.

In both cases, it is likely to be a chain of events in which MCAS played a part but was not exclusively responsible for the end result. According to Reuters, the company has been reprogramming 737 Max software so that it won't set off the anti-stall operation in error.

But comments by Canada's Transport Minister on Thursday about proposed changes to MAX training suggest the road to redemption may have a few potholes.

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