Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Boeing Might Replace 737 MAX With New Planes To Regain Trust

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max flight cancellations
Jeannette Daniel | 15 April, 2019, 15:13

"We remain confident that the impending software updates, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing for the Max, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon", Parker and Isom told employees.

Some aviation industry experts, however, claim Boeing might need a replacement for the 737 MAX series that consists of the MAX 8 and the MAX 9 to gain back people's trust.

One of America's largest airlines is cancelling 115 flights a day because of fears over the safety of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Low-priced carrier Southwest, which unlike its rivals only flies Boeing 737s, had estimated $150 million in lost revenue between February 20 and March 31 alone due to MAX cancellations and other factors.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged, for the first time, that bad data feeding into an automated flight system on the ill fated MAX 8 jetliners played a role in two crashes after Ethiopian aviation officials said their investigation found no pilot error in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addid Ababa.

Both flights involved American planemaker Boeing's new 737 Max model; the crashes appear to involve the model's anti-stalling software.

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The timing of a prolonged grounding could not be worse for Northern Hemisphere carriers.

In a letter to employees and customers, Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said they believe the 737 MAX will be recertified before August 19, but they want to ensure reliability "for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans".

The airline's CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom issued a statement saying it would cancel 115 flights daily through August 19, representing approximately 1.5 of the airlines' flying each day during the summer. The FAA have convened a meeting on April 12 with safety representatives of the three USA -based airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets, as well as the pilot unions for those airlines. American cancelled 350 out of Dallas-Fort Worth Saturday, but that had nothing to do with the Max, said spokesman Ross Feinsten. "That is why if we have to extend cancellations based on aircraft availability we will do so as far in advance as possible".

How has the grounding of the 737 MAX affected Southwest's operation?

To compensate, global MAX operators have added a flight or two to other aircrafts' daily schedules and deferred some non-essential maintenance work.

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