Articles tagged “aircraft safety”

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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.

1 year 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?

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago

‘Betrayed’ Lion Air Founder Prepares to Cancel Boeing Orders

‘Betrayed’ Lion Air Founder Prepares to Cancel Boeing Orders

Harry Suhartono, Bloomberg

This is an unusual move. Would Lion Air really cancel its Boeing orders? Is it permitted to do so? If so, what happens next?

1 year ago

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

To repeat what we've said before, it seems like operators were caught off guard about some advanced functionality on the Boeing 737 Max. This is both odd and unusual.

2 years ago

United Airlines Warns Pilots on Issue That Plagued Fatal Lion Air Flight

United Airlines Warns Pilots on Issue That Plagued Fatal Lion Air Flight

Brian Sumers, Skift

It seems like operators were caught off guard about some advanced functionality on the Boeing 737 Max. This is both odd and unusual.

2 years ago

U.S. Safety Board Investigates Delta Jet-Engine Failure

U.S. Safety Board Investigates Delta Jet-Engine Failure

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Thankfully, there were no injuries and the Boeing 757 landed safely. But after the deadly Southwest engine failure in April, this kind of incident is getting extra public attention.

2 years ago

Poor Cockpit Air Quality Puts Pilots and Passengers at Risk

Poor Cockpit Air Quality Puts Pilots and Passengers at Risk

Alan Levin, Bloombert

We don't feel these findings are particularly surprising. But what is being done to new planes to ensure air quality is safer for everyone on board?

2 years ago

Overheated Laptop Could Bring Down a Commercial Airplane, Says New Study

Overheated Laptop Could Bring Down a Commercial Airplane, Says New Study

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Lithium batteries constitute a major risk on commercial aircraft, particularly in places where airline crews cannot reach them. Banning them from the cargo hold would be logistically challenging but may be necessary.

2 years ago

Air Canada Pilots Blame Fatigue and Bright Lights for Near-Miss in San Francisco Last Year

Air Canada Pilots Blame Fatigue and Bright Lights for Near-Miss in San Francisco Last Year

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Forget the recent Southwest Airlines incidents that have made some passengers skittish. Last summer, a tired Air Canada crew flying an Airbus A320 nearly struck four jets on the ground while trying to land their jet. It was a near-miss and would have been catastrophic. It should never happen again.

2 years ago

Southwest Received Some Warning Signals on Its Safety Practices in the Past Decade

Southwest Received Some Warning Signals on Its Safety Practices in the Past Decade

David Koenig, Associated Press

Expert consensus says Southwest is a safe airline, and we would not hesitate to fly its aircraft. But a conclusive report from safety inspectors isn’t expected for at least a year.

2 years ago