How much more punishment does Boeing and its employees deserve before you’ve feel they’ve paid for the mistakes on the MAX?
Boeing spent billions making changes the FAA, EASA and other regulators required to return the MAX to service, including changes to crew alerting. Presumably these changes meant the aircraft met the regulator’s standards for safe operations.
I don’t see any of this as punishment for a mistake. I see it having to deal with the consequences of corporate greed, putting short term financial gains over long term viability and ultimately safety, and human life.
The 737 should have been replaced a long time ago, and Boeing knew this, but the dumpster fire which was (and still is, to some extent) the 787 program put an end to the yellow stone project and any hope of seeing the Boeing return to what they were known and loved for; engineering excellence and innovation.
All of Boeings current problems are entirely of their own making and most likely linked to their efforts to cut costs no matter the consequences.
Congress made a political decision to require a specific feature on aircraft certified after a certain date. I think it’s important for the FAA to opine on whether EICAS would make the MAX 10 safer, or if introducing significant differences to the 737 family would be counterproductive.
Boeing was clear that adding EICAS is not simple and would require a $10 billion investment. Boeing doesn’t have that money and I think maintaining a politically-imposed deadline without any confirmation it improves safety would lead to the cancellation of the MAX 10 program (and MAX 7 if the FAA hasn’t certified by that date) and probably push Boeing out of the narrowbody market altogether. While that might make some people feel good that, Boeing paid or was forced to clean up the situation, it would be counterproductive and bit overkill for not adjusting a deadline by a few months.
The political aspect of the decision congress made was to help Boeing by allowing them time to get all versions of the Max certified before it came into effect. EICAS improves safety, which is why every other commercial aircraft in production has such a system. In fact, the report referenced in the Seattle Times article states that the lack of such a system played a role in both of the Max’s accidents, so I’m not sure how you can come to the conclusion that adding it to the Max10 will make it more dangerous.