Articles tagged “aircraft safety”

The Most Important Story in Airlines in 2019

The Most Important Story in Airlines in 2019

Brian Sumers, Skift

The grounding of the Boeing 737 Max worldwide may be the most consequential aviation event in the past decade. Boeing is still confident the plane will fly again. But when?

5 months ago

Southwest Airlines Prepares to Return Boeing 737 Max to Service

Southwest Airlines Prepares to Return Boeing 737 Max to Service

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest is good at the public relations game. Its executives know they can't rush the Max back into service. They plan a coordinated effort to show the public it's safe.

6 months ago

FAA Orders Boeing to Make More Changes to 737 Max

FAA Orders Boeing to Make More Changes to 737 Max

Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Many airline industry insiders have said for awhile that the Boeing 737 Max wouldn't return to the skies this summer. It seems they'll be right. This is probably going to take some time.

11 months ago

Iran Crisis Prompts United to Stop Flying to Mumbai

Iran Crisis Prompts United to Stop Flying to Mumbai

Brian Sumers, Skift

Mumbai is a big route for United. It uses its flagship aircraft. But it's probably best to err on the side of safety.

12 months ago

European Pilots Prod Watchdogs to Vet Fixes to Boeing Max

European Pilots Prod Watchdogs to Vet Fixes to Boeing Max

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A leading pilots lobby has urged European watchdogs to vet Boeing's revisions to its beleaguered Max 737 aircraft, and rightly so.

1 year ago

FAA Prepares to Brief Global Safety Regulators on Boeing 737 Max

FAA Prepares to Brief Global Safety Regulators on Boeing 737 Max

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

The FAA used to be the gold standard in aircraft regulation. Other countries would defer to it, especially for U.S.-made aircraft. But times are changing.

1 year ago

FAA Board Doesn’t Think Boeing 737 Max Pilots Need More Simulator Time

FAA Board Doesn’t Think Boeing 737 Max Pilots Need More Simulator Time

Alan Levin and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

This is just one step in the process of returning the Max to service. The whole saga will take awhile.

1 year ago

Why Hasn’t Boeing Apologized For 737 Max Problems?

Why Hasn’t Boeing Apologized For 737 Max Problems?

Brooke Sutherland, Bloomberg

Most airlines have stood by Boeing despite recent events. But some consumers are skittish. Would they feel better if Boeing went on apology tour? Maybe. But Boeing doesn't seem interested.

1 year ago

Southwest’s Tentative Agreement With Mechanics May End Labor Dispute

Southwest’s Tentative Agreement With Mechanics May End Labor Dispute

Associated Press

In a court filing, Southwest accused mechanics of slowing down the airline's operation due to a labor dispute. Southwest may have been able to absorb the possible slowdown had that been the only issue affecting operations. But once the FAA grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets, Southwest had to solve this problem.

1 year ago

Southwest May Bear Biggest Brunt After FAA Grounding of Boeing Max Jets

Southwest May Bear Biggest Brunt After FAA Grounding of Boeing Max Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airlines downplayed the significance of the FAA's decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max, mostly saying they have enough slack in their fleets to take care of most customers. American and United probably will be OK, but it's hard to believe this will be business as usual for Southwest. It has more Max aircraft than the others.

1 year ago

FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Federal Aviation Administration finally bowed to pressure. The United States followed the world and grounded all Boeing Max jets, including the larger models flown by United Airlines.

1 year ago

FAA Deems Boeing 737 Max Safe Despite Warnings from Other Regulators

FAA Deems Boeing 737 Max Safe Despite Warnings from Other Regulators

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

We know many travelers are skittish about the Boeing 737 Max. But for the FAA, the easy thing to do would be to ground the airplane. Let's give the agency some credit for examining the facts and making its own decision about the jet's airworthiness.

1 year ago