A 787 jet that was commissioned by Air Canada and developed a fuel leak just ten months into service in 2015 had its records falsified by Boeing staff, reports CBC News. Boeing Co self-disclosed the problem to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as soon as Air Canada notified the company of the malfunction. According to the statement, the records had attested to the manufacturing work being completed in full, while this actually was not the case. An audit, claims Boeing, concluded it was an isolated event and "immediate corrective action was initiated for both the Boeing mechanic and the Boeing inspector involved." In response, Air Canada said it had inspected its fleet of 787 planes and failed to spot any other fuel leak issues. When contacted for a comment, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said in an email to CBC News that all the aircraft are subject to regular and thorough inspections, adding: On the latest record-falsifying revelations, Mike Doiron of … [Read more...] about Boeing Admits Falsifying Records for 787 Jet Sold to Air Canada
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London (CNN Business)Airbus kicked off the Paris Air Show by unveiling a new jet and announcing orders for over 100 new planes. Its chastened rival Boeing was meanwhile stuck playing defense over the 737 Max. The recent divergence in fortunes of the world's dominant planemakers was on full display at the biennial industry beauty contest, where the companies typically confirm orders for hundreds of jets. Airbus (EADSF) opened the show by pulling back the curtain on the A321XLR, a new single-aisle aircraft with a longer range than variants of its popular A321neo. The jet will enter service in 2023, and ramp up the pressure on Boeing in the market for smaller planes that can fly long routes. It quickly followed that up by announcing three new orders. Middle East Airlines, the flag carrier of Lebanon, became the launch customer for the A321XLR by ordering four of the jets. Virgin Atlantic inked a deal for 14 A330-900s, a wide-body jet that occupies a market segment where Airbus has … [Read more...] about Airbus bests Boeing on day one of the Paris Air Show
Chief exec Dennis Muilenburg told reporters Boeing's communication with regulators, customers and the public "was not consistent. And that's unacceptable."Said Kevin McAllister, CEO of Boeing's commercial aircraft: "We are very sorry for the loss of lives" in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.Boeing executives defended improvements to Max software that has been implicated in the crashes but couldn't predict when the plane could fly again.The botched communication has eroded trust in Boeing as the company struggles to rebound from those passenger jet crashes.Paris - The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes killed 346 people. And he promised transparency as the aircraft maker works to get the grounded plane back in flight. Speaking before the industrywide Paris Air Show, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told reporters Boeing's communication with regulators, customers and … [Read more...] about Boeing CEO admits “mistake” in handling 737 Max warnings
American Airlines slashed its profit forecast Friday largely due to the crisis around the Boeing 737 MAX, a somewhat more profound hit to operations and customer bookings than at other carriers affected by the jet's grounding. The US carrier estimated an overall hit of $350 million to its 2019 earnings as a result of the grounding ordered by global regulators in mid-March following two deadly crashes. That has forced the cancellation of nearly 15,000 flights and the reaccommodation of almost 700,000 customers. "That's not just our passengers," said American Airlines President Robert Isom. "It's literally thousands of our crew members that have had their work schedule altered on very short notice and that means that our reservations, customer relations and crew resources have been working nonstop and overtime to take care of our customers and team." American's hit from the MAX crisis came as the aviation industry watches for Boeing to clear several key hurdles with the US Federal … [Read more...] about American Airlines cuts profit forecast as 737 MAX woes bite
But just four weeks later, Boeing was staring catastrophe in the face. An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed killing all 157 on board - including Clare man Michael Ryan. It was a brand new 737 Max 8 plane and it soon transpired that the same software glitch that had downed another of Boeing's new 737s in Indonesia just months previously, in October, had been responsible for this crash too. The 737 Max was announced in 2011 and was the most successful passenger plane in history when orders are taken into account. Ryanair - the biggest Boeing customer outside of the US - placed an order for 135 of them. The first batch were due to arrive last month. But right now, all 371 737 Max aircraft that were in use have been grounded and Boeing is scrambling to fix the fatal software glitch. In both cases, faulty information from a sensor caused anti-stall automation to kick in when it wasn't needed and push the plane's nose down. Black box recordings showed that pilots had tried to counter the … [Read more...] about Fear of flying: can Boeing bounce back?