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Post by sn26567 » 17 Oct 2019, 12:36

Norwegian has removed the B737 MAX from its schedule until 28 March 2020.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz says that a firm timeline for the B737 MAX return remains unknown.

Air Canada has now removed the B737 MAX from its flying schedule until 14 February 2020. The decision is based on operational considerations for the airline, as it launches a new reservation system beginning next month.

Indonesia grounds three 737NGs with structural cracks.
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Pilots are expected to participate in the final round of simulator testing of Boeing’s new flight control system software for the B737 MAX as soon as early November 2019.

Apart from this relaively good news, there is more bad news for Boeing, as revealed by he New York Times yesterday:

A Boeing pilot working on the 737 MAX said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators, more than two years before it was grounded following two deadly crashes.

The pilot, Mark Forkner, complained that the system known as MCAS was causing him trouble. “It’s running rampant in the sim,” he said in a message to a colleague, referring to the simulator.

Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious,” he went on to say, according to a transcript of the exchange reviewed by The New York Times.

https://nl.nytimes.com/f/newsletter/E2a ... bVgEAAAAAA~~
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Boeing may have to book billions of dollars in additional charges related to its grounded B737 MAX jets, following reports that call into question the timing of the aircraft’s return to service.

Boeing turned over instant messages from 2016 between two employees that suggest the aeroplane maker may have misled the FAA about a key safety system on the grounded B737 MAX.

https://www.aviation24.be/manufacturers ... 016-paper/

Boeing told US regulators “multiple times” that it had expanded the role of MCAS software, and that FAA personnel observed the system operating in-flight tests before the B737 MAX was certified for service.

Boeing board of directors and top executives from its aeroplanes division and supply chain met in San Antonio, Texas, two days after the US planemaker was plunged into a fresh crisis over its banned 737 MAX jet.

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One of Boeing's top executives is expected to leave in the wake of two deadly 737 Max crashes. He led efforts to return the jet to service

Boeing’s executive in charge of commercial aeroplanes is expected to leave the company, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. He is the most senior official to depart in the wake of two crashes that killed 346 people.

The executive, Kevin McAllister, had been at the centre of the company’s efforts to fix the automated system on the 737 Max jet that contributed to the two crashes and return the plane to service.

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European regulators (EASA) expect to clear the B737 MAX to return to service in January 2020 at the earliest, following flight trials by European test pilots scheduled for mid-December 2019.
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Post by sn26567 » 23 Oct 2019, 21:48

United Technologies believes Boeing will still make B737 MAX planes at its current rate for the rest of 2019, allaying some fears of a complete halt in production.

Indonesia investigators say mechanical and design issues contributed to the crash of a Lion Air B737 MAX in October 2018.
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Boeing still expects B737 MAX planes to get regulatory approval to fly again before the end of 2019 but warned investors that production costs for the MAX rose by US$900 million in the 3Q 2019.

The FAA must work to restore “public confidence” in aircraft certification efforts after two deadly B737 MAX crashes, says the US Transportation Department’s inspector general.
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Post by sn26567 » 25 Oct 2019, 20:34

As the 737 MAX grounding drags on, the CEO of Southwest Airlines was given the green light by the Board of Directors of Southwest to look at other aircraft.

The FAA today revoked the repair station certificate of Xtra Aerospace in Miramar, Fla., which supplied the faulty Angle of Attack sensor.

Icelandair has removed the B737 MAX from its flight schedule in January and February 2020. This decision has a minimum impact on flights that have already been scheduled for this period.

Ryanair now expects only 20-30 B737 MAX 200s to be operating for summer 2020, down from 60. The carrier also expects certification for the variant to take longer.
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Post by sn26567 » 26 Oct 2019, 17:21

No 2019 bonuses for white-collar Boeing employees.

In February, Boeing paid Puget Sound region employees 2018 bonuses totalling $429 million. The year before, it was $600 million.

Top leaders will still get 2019 bonuses via their long-term incentive plan.

Ahum! No bonuses for the innocent, but the culprits keep theirs!
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Before deadly 737 MAX crashes, Boeing pushed for a law that reduced FAA oversight and increased self-certification.

Sen. Maria Cantwell submitted a particularly helpful amendment. Top Cantwell aide Matt McCarthy took a job as a Boeing lobbyist in September.

Connections....

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American Airlines says Boeing shareholders will pay the price for flight disruptions caused by B737 MAX grounding.

The FAA has shut down Xtra Aerospace, the company that supplied a faulty sensor to Lion Air (Indonesia) that triggered the deadly 2018 crash of a B737 MAX.

Southwest Airlines expects to retire 20 to 25 of B737-700s and take delivery of 72 B737 MAX in 2020, resulting in a total fleet of approximately 800 aircraft by year-end 2020.

Brazil is working to bring the B737 MAX back to service “by the end of 2019,” says the Civil Aviation Secretary Ronei Glanzman.
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Air Canada expects 12 B737 MAX previously scheduled for delivery 2019 will now be delivered in 2020. The carrier continues to expect the 14 B737 MAX scheduled for 2020 to be delivered in 2020.
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FAA says plane manufacturers worldwide are likely to face tougher scrutiny and changes in the way aircraft are certified in the aftermath of two fatal crashes of B737 MAX jets.

Qantas and Southwest Airlines are stepping up checks for structural cracks on B737 NGs after discovering problems with planes that did not require urgent inspections.
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Qantas and Southwest Airlines are stepping up checks for structural cracks on B737 NGs after discovering problems with planes that did not require urgent inspections.
Qantas rejected calls to ground its B737s after claims that a second aircraft in its fleet was found with a crack in its wing structure.
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UPDATE on Qantas: Qantas says it has removed three 737s from service for repair following pickle-fork inspections. The airline has completed inspections on 33 of its aircraft with more than 22,600 cycles.
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American Airlines flight attendants union still has safety concerns about the B737 MAX and is demanding an active role in the relaunch of the grounded aircraft.

Icelandair Group has reached a second agreement with Boeing on partial B737 MAX compensation, with further talks planned.
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Ryanair Holdings to cut or close a number of loss-making bases in winter 2019/20 due to B737 MAX delays, leading to pilot and cabin crew job losses. Ryanair expects its first 737 MAX 200 in March or April 2020.
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EASA says the B737 MAX is likely to return to service in Europe during 1Q 2020.
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An old video from 2011. But it might give you some answers on the NG problems emerging today.


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Post by sn26567 » 07 Nov 2019, 22:44

Boeing confirms that US and European regulators have asked the planemaker to revise documentation on its proposed B737 MAX software fix, a development that further complicates its efforts to return the jet to service by 2019 end.

Boeing also plans an initial investment of around US$1 billion into industry-wide pilot development as part of a long-term initiative to reduce risks like those faced by the crew in two B737 MAX crashes.

Ryanair has denied claims that three of its B737 NGs were grounded due to structural cracking.

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/ryan ... -aircraft/

Southwest Airlines flight attendants’ union is considering suing Boeing over lost pay in the protracted grounding of the B737 MAX.
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Post by sn26567 » 09 Nov 2019, 16:41

Southwest and American pull 737 MAX until early March, nearly a year after grounding...

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Re: Boeing 737 (MAX) news

Post by sn26567 » 11 Nov 2019, 20:45

Lessor AerCap's CEO Aengus Kelly says the B737 MAX return will likely stretch out over time and doesn’t foresee an excess in supply in the market.

Boeing hopes to deliver B737 MAX aircraft to airlines before the end of 2019 even if regulators haven’t approved related pilot training. Need to make room for ongoing manufacture!

IAG is still in talks to firm up the tentative agreement for 200 B737 MAX aircraft, which will replace 225 aircraft from 2022 to the end of the decade.

TUI, the world’s largest tour operator, will keep faith with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft — if they are approved as safe, said its chief executive.

Friedrich Joussen, who has headed the Anglo-German group since 2013, said TUI plans to add 2m more airline seats next summer to cater for extra demand following the collapse of major rival Thomas Cook this year.

He said that the aircraft would be the 737 Max model 8: “If they are approved to be safe we would fly them. It will be potentially the most checked aircraft,” he said.

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