Articles tagged “aircraft safety”

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.

4 weeks 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago

FAA Is Under Pressure to Act as Europe’s Safety Regulator Grounds Boeing 737 Max

FAA Is Under Pressure to Act as Europe’s Safety Regulator Grounds Boeing 737 Max

Irene García Pérez, Benjamin Katz and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

This is unusual. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration generally come to the same conclusions. But not here. At least not yet.

3 months ago

U.S. Airlines Hold Off Grounding Boeing’s Latest Jet Despite New Calls for Caution

U.S. Airlines Hold Off Grounding Boeing’s Latest Jet Despite New Calls for Caution

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airlines have so far decided not to ground their Boeing 737 Max jets. Will they continue to hold off? Or will they err on the side of caution?

3 months ago

Fallout Starts to Hit Boeing Even With Unanswered Questions After Deadly Crash in Ethiopia

Fallout Starts to Hit Boeing Even With Unanswered Questions After Deadly Crash in Ethiopia

Julie Johnsson, Ryan Beene and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

As of Monday, it was far too early to know what happened to the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 that crashed after takeoff Sunday. But the news cycle moves quickly. Airlines, regulators, and consumers want answers as fast as possible. We won't blame them.

3 months ago

FAA Cautions Southwest and Mechanics That Labor Dispute Imperils Safety

FAA Cautions Southwest and Mechanics That Labor Dispute Imperils Safety

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Southwest doesn't have a lot of experience with ugly labor disputes. Historically, it has had better relations with represented employees than other U.S. carriers. But this is getting nasty, and the airline needs to solve it. Letting the dispute drag on will be bad for business.

3 months ago