Ex-Boeing 737 MAX chief technical pilot indicted for fraud

Ex-Boeing 737 MAX chief technical pilot indicted for fraud

Mark Forkner, 49, was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on six counts of scheming to defraud Boeing's U.S.-based airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing, the government said. Boeing declined to comment. A lawyer for Forkner did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the indictment, Forkner, largely in the run-up to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to approve the 737 MAX in 2017, provided the FAA Aircraft Evaluation Group with "materially false, inaccurate, and incomplete information" about a new part of the flight controls for the Boeing 737 MAX, called…
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Ryanair ends long wait for ‘gamechanger’ Boeing 737 MAX jet

Ryanair ends long wait for ‘gamechanger’ Boeing 737 MAX jet

Ryanair finally took possession of its first Boeing 737 MAX jet after a delay of more than two years, saying that it would have 12 of the ‘gamechanger’ aircraft in time for this year’s summer peak. The Irish airline is the largest European customer for the jet, which was grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes, with 210 firm orders of the 197-seat MAX200 model. Ryanair was initially due to take delivery of its first Boeing  737 MAX two years ago "We are delighted to take delivery of our first new technology Gamechanger aircraft," Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary…
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More electrical problems found on some Boeing 737 MAX -sources

More electrical problems found on some Boeing 737 MAX -sources

April 16 (Reuters) - An electrical problem that led to dozens of Boeing 737 MAX jets being suspended from service has widened after engineers found similar grounding flaws elsewhere in the cockpit, industry sources said on Friday. Airlines pulled dozens of MAX jets from service a week ago after Boeing Co warned of a production-related electrical grounding problem in a backup power control unit situated in the cockpit on some recently built airplanes. Since then, suspected grounding problems have been found in two other places on the flight deck, the sources said. These include the storage rack where the affected…
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Ryanair to take delivery of first 737 MAX in coming days, loses court challenges to SAS, Finnair state aid

Ryanair to take delivery of first 737 MAX in coming days, loses court challenges to SAS, Finnair state aid

Ryanair is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX airliner following two years of delay caused by the grounding of the jet in the wake of two fatal crashes. "We're in the next number of days taking the first delivery of our new 737 Gamechanger aircraft," group chief executive Michael O'Leary told CNBC television in an interview on Wednesday, using the marketing tag the Irish airline has given to the MAX. Ryanair is the largest European customer of the MAX with 210 firm orders.  In another development, Ryanair on Wednesday had another setback in its fight against…
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Boeing production issue prompts airlines to pull some 737 MAX jets from service

Boeing production issue prompts airlines to pull some 737 MAX jets from service

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. airlines temporarily suspended the use of more than 65 Boeing 737 MAX jets on Friday after the planemaker asked 16 carriers that operate the aircraft to address an electrical power system issue. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Boeing had notified it late Thursday of its recommendation to temporarily remove some planes from service to address a manufacturing issue that could affect the operation of a backup power control unit. Southwest Airlines removed 30 MAX airplanes from its schedule Friday, while American Airlines pulled 17 of its 41 MAX models. United Airlines removed…
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Australia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX, among first in Asia-Pacific region

Australia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX, among first in Asia-Pacific region

Australia's aviation regulator said on Friday it would lift a near two-year ban on flights to and from the country that use the Boeing Co 737 MAX planes, among the first in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. "We ... are confident that the aircraft are safe," Graeme Crawford, the acting chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, said in a statement. The regulator has accepted the comprehensive return-to-service requirements set by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as state of design for the 737 MAX, he added. No Australian airlines operate the 737 MAX, but Fiji Airways and Singapore…
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Boeing ‘inappropriately coached’ pilots in 737 MAX testing -U.S. Senate report

Boeing ‘inappropriately coached’ pilots in 737 MAX testing -U.S. Senate report

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Boeing officials "inappropriately coached" test pilots during recertification efforts after two fatal 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people, according to a lengthy congressional report released on Friday. The report from the Senate Commerce Committee Republican staff raised questions about testing this year of a key safety system known as MCAS tied to both fatal crashes was contrary to proper protocol. The committee concluded Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing officials "had established a pre-determined outcome to reaffirm a long-held human factor assumption related to pilot reaction time ... It appears, in this instance, FAA and…
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Boeing’s updated 737 MAX completes first flight with media onboard

Boeing’s updated 737 MAX completes first flight with media onboard

Boeing Co's 737 MAX staged its first post-grounding flight with media on board on Wednesday, as carriers seek to demonstrate to passengers that the redesigned jet is safe after a 20-month safety ban. In another display of confidence, European budget airline Ryanair was set to place a hefty order for up to 75 additional 737 MAX jets, industry sources said. Wednesday's American Airlines 737 MAX flight was a 45-minute hop from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It comes weeks before the first commercial passenger flight on Dec. 29, and is part of a public relations effort to allay any concerns…
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‘Too soon’ to let Boeing 737 MAX fly again, say families of Lion Air crash victims

‘Too soon’ to let Boeing 737 MAX fly again, say families of Lion Air crash victims

Some of the relatives of victims of a fatal Boeing 737 MAX crash in Indonesia have slammed a decision by U.S. aviation authorities to allow the jets to return to the skies, saying the move comes too soon. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday lifted a flight ban on Boeing's 737 MAX imposed after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people within five months in 2018 and 2019. Two years after the plane operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board, the tragedy is still raw. "The U.S.…
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FAA chief ‘100% confident’ of 737 MAX safety as flights to resume

FAA chief ‘100% confident’ of 737 MAX safety as flights to resume

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson is "100% confident" in the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX but says the airplane maker has more to do as it works to improve its safety culture. Dickson on Wednesday signed an order to allow the best-selling plane to resume flights after it was grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two crashes that killed 346 people and led to Boeing's biggest crisis in decades. The order will end the longest grounding in commercial aviation history and paves the way for Boeing to resume U.S. deliveries and commercial flights by the end…
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American Airlines plans to return Boeing 737 Max to service at year-end

American Airlines plans to return Boeing 737 Max to service at year-end

American Airlines Group plans to return Boeing 737 Max jets to service for passenger flights by the end of this year depending on certifictaion of the aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it said on Sunday. The airline said it will operate a daily 737 Max flight between Miami and New York from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, with flights available for booking from Oct. 24. "We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process and we'll continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified," the company said in an statement.…
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Boeing Max Declared Safe to Fly by Europe’s Aviation Regulator

Boeing Max Declared Safe to Fly by Europe’s Aviation Regulator

Bloomberg News reports that Europe’s top aviation regulator said he’s satisfied that changes to Boeing Co.’s 737 Max have made the plane safe enough to return to the region’s skies before 2020 is out, even as a further upgrade his agency demanded won’t be ready for up to two years. After test flights conducted in September, EASA is performing final document reviews ahead of a draft airworthiness directive it expects to issue next month, said Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. That will be followed by four weeks of public comment, while the development of…
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Boeing 737 MAX certification flight tests to begin on Monday

Boeing 737 MAX certification flight tests to begin on Monday

  Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co aim to kick off a certification test campaign for the 737 MAX on Monday, expected to last at least three days, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The flight test is a pivotal moment in Boeing's worst-ever corporate crisis, long since compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic that has slashed air travel and jet demand. The grounding of the fast-selling 737 MAX in March 2019 after crashes killed 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia triggered hundreds of lawsuits, investigations by Congress and the Department of…
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Boeing 737 MAx testing certification expected to take place next week

Boeing 737 MAx testing certification expected to take place next week

A key step in the return to service of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX could take place as soon as early next week, two people briefed on the matter said on Friday. Boeing Co's best-selling plane has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes killed 346 people. A certification flight test, which is expected to last at least two days, is likely to take place starting as early as Tuesday but has not been finalized. The Federal Aviation Administration would then need to approve new pilot training procedures and complete other steps and would not likely approve the…
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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max tragedy anniversary

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max tragedy anniversary

Families who lost loved ones aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 visited the crash site on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy, a day after interim results of a probe focused on faulty systems on the Boeing 737 MAX jet. The area of the disaster, about 40 miles southeast of Addis Ababa, the capital, was closed to the press as buses brought family of the victims to the commemoration, sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing, the maker of the jet. Washington Post reports that big buses and smaller vehicles arrived on a newly built dirt road for the service where…
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Ryanair prepared for more 737 Max delays

Ryanair prepared for more 737 Max delays

Ryanair is prepared for further delays to the delivery of its Boeing 737 Max airliners, its chief executive Michael O'Leary told a German magazine. In the interview with Wirtschaftswoche, Mr O'Leary added that he would only discuss compensation after the aircraft had been delivered. The 737 Max airliner has been grounded since March following two crashes, which claimed 346 lives. One of the world's largest airlines, Ryanair has ordered 135 of the jets.   Read more via RTE.ie
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Boeing considers suspending production of 737 Max

Boeing considers suspending production of 737 Max

Boeing’s board is discussing whether to cut back or suspend production of the 737 Max passenger jet, raising the possibility that the US aircraft manufacturer will face another round of charges before regulators clear the plane to resume flying. A scheduled end-of-year board meeting began in Chicago on Sunday and was set to continue on Monday. Directors had announced no decision as of Sunday evening. The Max has been grounded since March after two crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing’s hopes of when it might return to service have been repeatedly pushed back as the US Federal Aviation Administration and…
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Boeing accused of trying to hasten 737 MAX return

Boeing accused of trying to hasten 737 MAX return

The head of the Southwest Airlines Co pilot union sharply criticized Boeing Co and questioned whether the manufacturer was trying to speed up the timeline for the 737 MAX’s return to service. Boeing’s best-selling 737 MAX has been grounded since March, after two deadly crashes in five months killed 346 people, and it has come under harsh criticism from U.S. lawmakers. Jon Weaks, who heads the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), said in a note to pilots Wednesday, reviewed by Reuters, that “Boeing is increasingly publicizing that they may have to shut down their production line due to running out…
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Boeing Max Design and Pilot Failures Blamed for Lion Air Crash

Boeing Max Design and Pilot Failures Blamed for Lion Air Crash

Indonesian investigators found scores of problems and missteps in connection with last year’s fatal Lion Air crash, ranging from design flaws in Boeing Co.’s 737 Max airplane to certification failures by U.S. regulators and pilot error. Eighty-nine significant findings are listed in connection with the disaster, according to an extract from the final crash report distributed to stakeholders and seen by Bloomberg News. One major point of focus is a flight-control feature called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, which has also been implicated in an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March. A spokesman for Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee declined to comment or verify…
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Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes, changes at the helm of Boeing

Lion Air families told of fatal Boeing 737 crash causes, changes at the helm of Boeing

Mechanical and design problems with the flight control system were among the causes of last year's Lion Air crash, families of the victims have been told. Indonesian investigators focused on a system used to improve handling and prevent stalling on the Boeing 737 Max, which crashed killing 189 people. The 737 Max model was grounded after an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019. In the meantime, Boeing has replaced the head of its commercial airplanes division as it struggles with a crisis created by two deadly crashes of its newest airliner. Boeing said that Kevin McAllister is out as chief…
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Boeing faces new crisis as senior pilot claims he might have ‘unintentionally’ misled regulators

Boeing faces new crisis as senior pilot claims he might have ‘unintentionally’ misled regulators

A Boeing pilot warned about problems with the flight-control program on the 737 Max that was implicated in two fatal crashes, said he “unknowingly” lied to regulators, and told the Federal Aviation Administration not to include the system in pilot manuals before regulators deemed the plane safe for the public in 2017, according to messages released Friday. CNBC reports that these messages deepened the manufacturer’s crisis over the bestselling jets, which have been grounded worldwide since March in the wake of the crashes, sending the stock to an eight-week low. The Boeing lead pilot complained in one of the messages that…
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Ryanair pilots told to take unpaid leave, relocate or face same fate of Thomas Cook

Ryanair pilots told to take unpaid leave, relocate or face same fate of Thomas Cook

Ryanair has written to UK pilots asking them to take unpaid leave or transfer to other bases abroad, saying they could otherwise join the 9,000 job losses at Thomas Cook. The airline told its pilots that a “significant surplus of pilots must be reduced” at UK bases including Stansted and Manchester, and that it was encouraging them to take up to 12 months of unpaid leave. It said that there were limited vacancies for full-time pilots at bases in Morocco, Romania and Hungary. The memo, sent on Tuesday, said: “With yesterday’s collapse of Thomas Cook with the loss of 9,000…
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Boeing settles first lawsuit with 737 Max crash families

Boeing settles first lawsuit with 737 Max crash families

Boeing reached settlements with 11 families of victims from the deadly October 2018 crash of a Lion Air 737 Max aircraft in Indonesia, the company's law firm announced. The settlement is believed to be the first of nearly 100 lawsuits that were filed against Boeing after its newly designed 737 Max was involved in two crashes: the first in Indonesia in October 2018 and the second in Ethiopia in March 2019. The crashes killed a combined 346 people and resulted in regulatory authorities around the world grounding the aircraft while Boeing makes changes to the computerized flight control systems implicated…
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FAA waiting for more software details before 737 MAX can return to service

FAA waiting for more software details before 737 MAX can return to service

Boeing Co still has a series of steps to complete before the 737 MAX can return to service, including submitting a pre-production version of a software update, Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson said. Dickson met with Boeing executives in Renton, Washington on Thursday and tested revised software in a simulator. Next week, he will meet with around 50 aviation safety regulators in Montreal to discuss the status of the plane, which has been grounded worldwide since March in the aftermath of two fatal crashes. The FAA has been reviewing proposed software and training changes from Boeing Co for months…
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Boeing to change 737 MAX flight-control software to address flaw

Boeing to change 737 MAX flight-control software to address flaw

Boeing plans further changes to the software architecture of the 737 MAX flight-control system to address a flaw discovered after a test in June, according to two people briefed on the matter. The redesign, first reported by the Seattle Times, involves using and receiving input from both flight control computers rather than one. The move comes in response to an effort to address a problem discovered in June during a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) simulator test. This is on top of earlier announced changes to take input from both angle-of-attack sensors in the MCAS anti-stall system linked to two deadly…
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Boeing warns it may stop 737 Max production

Boeing warns it may stop 737 Max production

Boeing is warning that it might have to halt production of the 737 Max if grounding continues much longer. The company reported its largest-ever quarterly loss of $3.4bn on Wednesday due to the troubled plane. If hurdles with regulators worldwide continue, Boeing said it would consider reducing or shutting down production of the 737 Max entirely. However, Boeing boss Dennis Muilenburg is confident the plane will be back in the air by October. Boeing's entire fleet of flagship 737 Max planes was grounded in March after issues with the model were linked to an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash that killed…
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Photo Story: Southwest Airlines takes Boeing 737 Max out of schedules

Photo Story: Southwest Airlines takes Boeing 737 Max out of schedules

  Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft sit parked on the tarmac of Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, USA, 19 July 2019. According to media reports, Southwest Airlines has announced that it would be taking Boeing 737 Max out of schedules until November. The Boeing 737 Max was grounded by aviation regulators and airlines around the world in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in two crashes.   Photos: EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT
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Boeing takes $5bn hit over grounding of 737 Max

Boeing takes $5bn hit over grounding of 737 Max

Boeing is taking a $4.9bn hit to cover costs related to the worldwide grounding of its 737 Max aircraft. The charge is set to wipe out profits when the world's biggest planemaker posts quarterly results next week. In a statement, Boeing also said its "best estimate at this time" is that the aircraft will return to service in the last three months of this year. A 737 Max crash in Indonesia in October, and another in Ethiopia in March, killed 346 people in total. Via BBC/Boeing
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Ryanair announces scaling-down of some its services and stop flying to certain airports due to Boeing 737 MAX crisis

Ryanair announces scaling-down of some its services and stop flying to certain airports due to Boeing 737 MAX crisis

Ryanair says delays to deliveries of the crisis-hit Boeing 737 MAX means it must scale back some of its services. The airline said it was identifying loss-making or poorly-performing bases ahead of the looming winter season and summer 2020 for short-term cuts or even closures from November - adding it would consult staff and unions. "We are starting a series of discussions with our airports to determine which of Ryanair's underperforming or loss making bases should suffer these short term cuts and/or closures from November 2019," it said in a statement. Ryanair had planned its flight schedule based on the…
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Ryanair sees risk if Boeing 737 MAX grounded beyond November

Ryanair sees risk if Boeing 737 MAX grounded beyond November

In an interview with Reuters, Ryanair  Chief Executive Michael O'Leary warned on the impact of the prolonged grounding of Boeing Co's 737 MAX on the airline's growth plans may start to spill over to next summer if the airplane is not flying again by November. Europe's largest budget carrier needs up to eight months to take delivery of some 50 newly built planes left at the factory by the grounding crisis, so it may have to trim its capacity growth plans for summer 2020 if 737 MAX flights have not resumed by November, O'Leary told Reuters. "Boeing are telling us…
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Boeing allocates $100 million to assist families of 737 Max crashes

Boeing allocates $100 million to assist families of 737 Max crashes

Boeing, still reeling from the two deadly 737 Max crashes, is setting aside $100 million to assist the families of victims and communities impacted by the accidents in October and March that killed 346 people. The funds will be available over the next several years and are not part of any compensation Boeing may have to pay to those who sue the company for damages related to accidents. Via CNBC
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IATA coordinated effort to safely return Boeing 737 Max to service

IATA coordinated effort to safely return Boeing 737 Max to service

  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged state aviation safety regulators to continue to align on technical validation requirements and timelines for the safe re-entry into service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The announcement came at the conclusion of the second Boeing 737 MAX Summit organized by IATA. “The Boeing 737 MAX tragedies weigh heavily on an industry that holds safety as its top priority. We trust the Federal Aviation Administration, in its role as the certifying regulator, to ensure the aircraft’s safe return to service. And we respect the duty of regulators around the world to make…
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Boeing suffers new 737 Max setback

Boeing suffers new 737 Max setback

US regulators have uncovered a possible new flaw in Boeing's troubled 737 Max aircraft that is likely to push back test flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it identified the "potential risk" during simulator tests, but did not reveal specific details. Boeing's top-selling aircraft was grounded in March after two crashes. The company is upgrading the aircraft's anti-stall software, which is the focus of crash investigators. Last month, the FAA indicated that approval of Boeing's changes to the 737 Max could come in late June. That would have allowed test flights in early July. There were initial hopes among…
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No specific timetable for Boeing 737 MAX’s return

No specific timetable for Boeing 737 MAX’s return

  The Federal Aviation Administration said  it does not have a specific timetable on when Boeing Co’s troubled 737 MAX jet would return to service after two fatal crashes led to the airplane’s worldwide grounding in March. FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the agency has “no timetable” for allowing the 737 MAX to resume flying and will act “only when it is safe to return to service”. Reports in some American media indicated that the troubled 737 MAX aircraft will be back in the air by December. Boeing has not given a timeline on when the planes would be back…
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The FAA says that some Boeing 737 Max and NG planes may have parts which were improperly manufactured

The FAA says that some Boeing 737 Max and NG planes may have parts which were improperly manufactured

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday some Boeing Co 737 MAX and NG planes may have parts that were improperly manufactured and that it will require their replacement, the latest issue to hit the plane manufacturer. The FAA said up to 148 leading edge slat tracks manufactured by a Boeing sub-tier supplier are affected and cover 133 NG and 179 MAX aircraft worldwide. The FAA said a complete failure of a leading edge slat track would not result in the loss of the aircraft, but said a failed part could lead to aircraft damage in flight. Boeing has…
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Boeing completes software update for its 737 Max aircraft

Boeing completes software update for its 737 Max aircraft

Following two fatal crashes within five months, Boeing has completed development of a software update for its 737 Max plane which was grounded worldwide because of the crashes. Boeing announced that it had flown the 737 Max with the updated software on 207 flights. It added it would provide data to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on how pilots interact with controls and displays in different scenarios. The FAA expects Boeing to submit the upgrade for certification next week. It followed the Lion Air disaster in Indonesia in October which in which 189 people died and in March an Ethiopian…
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Anglo-German tour operator TUI reiterates its outlook for lower profits

Anglo-German tour operator TUI reiterates its outlook for lower profits

  Anglo-German tour operator TUI said its first-half losses deepened due to airline overcapacity for Spain and the grounding of its 15 Boeing 737 MAX planes, two issues that could plague the tour operator over the rest of the year. The tour operator said there has been a year-on-year decrease in bookings, TUI said, although demand to travel to Turkey was growing. It added that while average prices are up 1%, margins are considerably lower than last year. TUI said it also needed clarity over the status of its grounded planes by the end of May or it will take…
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Boeing admits knowing of 737 Max problem

Boeing admits knowing of 737 Max problem

Boeing has admitted that it knew about a problem with its 737 Max jets a year before the aircraft was involved in two fatal accidents, but took no action. Boeing said it had inadvertently made an alarm feature optional instead of standard, but insisted that this did not jeopardise flight safety. You can read the full Boeing statement here The feature at issue is known as the Angle of Attack (AOA) Disagree alert and was designed to let pilots know when two different sensors were reporting conflicting data. Boeing said it had intended to provide the feature as standard, but…
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Pilots demand better training for Boeing 737 MAX

Pilots demand better training for Boeing 737 MAX

Reuters reports that American Airlines pilots have warned that Boeing Co's draft training proposals for the troubled 737 MAX do not go far enough to address their concerns, according to written comments submitted to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The comments were made by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents pilots at American Airlines Group Inc, the world's largest airline and one of the biggest 737 MAX operators in the United States. APA is arguing that mere computer explanation "will not provide a level of confidence for pilots to feel not only comfortable flying the aircraft but also relaying…
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Boeing MAX groundings effect Norwegian Air 2019 profit target

Boeing MAX groundings effect Norwegian Air 2019 profit target

The grounding of Norwegian Air's fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft may undo the carrier's plan to return to profitability this year, it said while posting a widening first-quarter loss on Thursday. "Due to the uncertainty related to the MAX grounding, the company sees increased risk related to the target of a positive net profit in 2019," Norwegian said. Norwegian Air said the grounding last month of its 18 MAX planes following the deadly crash of an Ethiopian jet, has forced the airline to pay for leases of other aircraft as the peak summer season nears. The budget carrier's net…
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Boeing’s profit takes big hit after 737 MAX groundings

Boeing’s profit takes big hit after 737 MAX groundings

  Boeing Co reported a 21 percent fall in first-quarter profit on Wednesday and suspended its 2019 outlook as the world's largest plane maker worked to get its 737 MAX jets back in the air after two deadly accidents. Boeing said it would take an initial hit of more than $1 billion on the global grounding of the 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes as the plane maker suspended full-year financial guidance. The company said it would be issuing a new forecast in the future when it has more clarity around the issues surrounding the 737 MAX. Excluding certain…
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American Airlines extends 737 MAX cancellations

American Airlines extends 737 MAX cancellations

  American Airlines announced that it will extend cancellations of 90 flights a day through June 5 because of the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft following two deadly crashes in five months. The extended cancellation by the largest U.S. airline is the latest sign that the airplane is not expected to return to service anytime soon. American Airlines said on March 24 it had cancelled 90 flights a day through April 24. On Friday, Boeing said it plans to cut its monthly 737 aircraft production by nearly 20 percent. Via American Airlines and Euronews      
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First lawsuit against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

First lawsuit against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

A lawsuit against Boeing Co was filed in US federal court in Chicago in what appeared to be the first suit over an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 people. The lawsuit, by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, alleges that Boeing had defectively designed the automated flight control system. The lawsuit was filed by Musoni’s three minor children, who are Dutch citizens residing in Belgium. In it they say Boeing failed to warn the public, airlines and pilots of the airplane’s allegedly erroneous sensors, causing the aircraft to dive automatically and uncontrollably. The…
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Emergency landing in Florida for a Boeing 737 Max 8

Emergency landing in Florida for a Boeing 737 Max 8

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, from the fleet that was grounded after two deadly crashes,  had to make an emergency landing in Florida. Southwest Airlines said that no passengers were aboard Flight 8701, which was travelling from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the grounding. Southwest Airlines said that the emergency landing happened after the two pilots aboard reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after take-off,. The global fleet of 737 Max jets was grounded indefinitely on March 13 after two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in March and October.…
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Indonesian airline Garuda cancels order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets

Indonesian airline Garuda cancels order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets

  Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda has cancelled a multibillion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets blaming blames loss of passenger trust after Ethiopia Airlines and Lion Air disasters involving the aircraft. This is thought to be the first formal cancellation for the Boeing model. Garuda had already received one of the 737 MAX 8 planes, part of a 50-plane order worth $4.9bn at list prices when it was announced in 2014. Reports indicated that Garuda is now also talking to Boeing about whether or not to return the plane it has received. This month, Indonesia’s Lion Air said…
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Ethiopia Airlines crash captain allegedly did not train on airline’s MAX simulator

Ethiopia Airlines crash captain allegedly did not train on airline’s MAX simulator

Yared Getachew, 29, the captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight did not get a chance to practise on his airline’s new simulator for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 before he died in a crash with 157 others. The March 10 disaster, following another MAX 8 crash in Indonesia in October, has set off one of the biggest inquiries in aviation history, focused on the safety of a new automated system and whether crews understood it properly. In both cases, the pilots lost control soon after take-off and fought a losing battle to stop their jets plunging down. According to…
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Confusion and a Prayer – The final moments of the LionAir crash audio released

Confusion and a Prayer – The final moments of the LionAir crash audio released

As the seconds ticked by on the doomed Indonesian flight, the pilot handed the controls to his co-pilot and flipped through the pages of a technical manual, trying to figure out what was happening. Then, as the nose of Lion Air Flight 610 repeatedly bucked downward, Harvino, the co-pilot, began to pray. New York Times reports that the supplication was caught on the final seconds of audio in the cockpit voice recorder. “God is great,” Mr. Harvino, an experienced Indonesian aviator, said, then recited a verse asking God to grant a miracle. But there was no miracle on Oct. 29,…
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US Department of Transportation investigating FAA’s approval process of Boeing 737 Max planes

US Department of Transportation investigating FAA’s approval process of Boeing 737 Max planes

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that the US Department of Transportation is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) approval process for the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, which were involved in two recent fatal crashes – Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines - that killed a combined 346 people. According to the WSJ, investigators are looking into the aircraft's flight safety system which may have played a role in both crashes. The investigation started after a new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft of Indonesian carrier Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea in October last year. All 189 people on board…
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Ethiopian Airlines black boxes sent to France

Ethiopian Airlines black boxes sent to France

The flight recorders, more commonly know as black boxes, from the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed last Sunday have been sent to France for analysis. France’s air accident investigation agency BEA will analyse the flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 which crashed near Addis Ababa on Sunday. The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany’s BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017. The BEA is one of the world’s…
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Boeing 737 MAX won’t be allowed to fly in Malta’s airspace as of tonight following EASA recommendation to EU member states

Boeing 737 MAX won’t be allowed to fly in Malta’s airspace as of tonight following EASA recommendation to EU member states

The aviation regulator said the airspace would be closed for Boeing 737 MAX as of 8pm tonight following a recommendation by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, MaltaToday reports. A spokesperson for the directorate said the decision had been taken following a communication by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). “As a precautionary measure, EASA will publish soon an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe,” EASA said in an email to civil aviation departments.  In addition, EASA said it would be publishing a…
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Ireland and Germany ban Boeing 737 MAX 8 from airspace – Italy expected to ground them

Ireland and Germany ban Boeing 737 MAX 8 from airspace – Italy expected to ground them

Ireland and Germany has announced that it is banning the flights by the BOEING 737 MAX 8 from its airspace. The two countries becomes the latest to do so after last Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash. Earlier, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from the country’s airspace. Malaysia,  Singapore, China and Australia, earlier on announced a ban Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying to and from the country. The Italian Civil Aviation Authority ENAC is set to stop flights with the Boeing 737 Max-8 aeroplane from 21:00 on Tuesday, sources said. Earlier it was made known that…
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