ISTR some carriers suggesting they would let customers change flights in the future if they were on a 737MAX aircraft, and if it affected enough peoples general psyche to be requesting such swaps, airlines might not be interested in the product being sold to them by Boeing.I think it will be a financial decision.
The cost of getting the current airframes modified, approved again and flying
Cost of starting again
It is also a lesson about mergers and acquisitions.The Max is simply an example of an otherwise good company doing something on the cheap.
Slightly off topic but I’m yet to come across a really good documentary about the Comet. I think a Netflix or Amazon could do something that would be good. I like the line on its Wikipedia page: Both an adventurous step forward and a supreme tragedy.The Comet was a leap into the future. It was the first attempt at what we would call a modern airliner. But sadly, the engineers were designing based upon had come before, and that had never included squared windows and pressurised structures. The entire world learnt about structures from that.