When Chinese regulators grounded the country’s Boeing 737 MAX fleet less than 24 hr. after the type’s second fatal accident in five months, many believed the move signaled an escalation in the simmering China-U.S. trade dispute. The move was indeed a signal, but not of heightened global trade tensions. Rather, it marked the likely pivot in aviation’s fleet-grounding analysis process from a data-driven, problem-identification approach to one that prioritizes speed and ...


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