The change was noticed after photos were released of the new 737 being prepared for delivery to Ryanair. The European budget airline ordered 135 new 737 Max models, with five being scheduled for delivery this fall, reported The Guardian.
There has been no official comment from either Ryanair or Boeing on the speculations of rebranding, though photographs of the aircraft clearly show the name change. Since the livery is entirely at the discretion of the airline, not the manufacturer, the “737-8200” designation is the work of Ryanair, likely eager to separate itself from associations with the troubled model.
The FAA tweeted on June 26, 2019, “On the most recent issue, the FAA’s process is designed to discover and highlight potential risks.
The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing must mitigate.” And although the specifics of the problem are still murky, a source told the BBC,“During simulator testing last week at Boeing,
FAA test pilots discovered an issue that affected their ability to quickly and easily follow the required recovery procedures for runaway stabiliser trim (i.e., to stop stabilisers on the aircraft’s tail moving uncontrollably). The issue was traced to how data is being processed by the flight computer.”
Boeing 737 Max 8s are grounded until the fall, but some say the aircraft is unlikely to fly before 2020.
This aircraft should never be allowed to fly until the landing gear issue is resolved allowing the engines to be put back where they belong and making the aircraft stable.