What would the financial hit to Boeing be if the MAX never ever flies again?
they would not be able to move a significant amount of orders to the NG because the gap to the 320NEO is to big
you cant make that difference in economics up with a lower price
they need tht MAX
if it never flies again ....
maybe potus will start a war somewhere in the world to safe B through the orders on the military side ...
Or propose to the airlines to change their orders 737MAX in 797X ...
the MAX is doomed anyway
the initial problem is the much to large engine diameter
its the reason
its the key
its the problem
they need it to get the economics in the NEO level
they cant change it away
the safe use of a plane with engines that much out of COD is only possible with full FBW
but even at the MAX BA didnt upgrade the MAX to a full FBW plane
they only used patches here and patches there since decades on that model
and sold it as "give the pilots all authority and not the computers"
you can NOT make a safe plane from a model with inherent instable aerodynamic properties
you can make it as safe as possible, but it is never ever as safe as a plane with contemporary aerodynamical properties
aviation is all about statistics
you can blend the customer
you can safe yourself for a few months
but statistics will catch you up
if the MAX (with MCAS v2, v3, v4 or whatever) is less safe than normal planes, it will crash more often
its not an option
its all statistic
they can push it through the FAA and the ESA and whom ever withing days
the can lift the grounding now and then
with whatever changes to the flight controlls
it will not change a lot how they fix the MCAS
because MCAS is only the symptom, its not the problem