American Airlines has confirmed it now expects the Boeing 737 Max to remain grounded until at least September 3rd. The FAA is currently working with manufacturer Boeing to certify software upgrades to the 737 Max following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Boeing has revealed it is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to address a “potential nonconformance” on components used in the construction of its 737 planes. The manufacture has contacted 737 operators advising them to inspect the slat track assemblies on certain airplanes.
Air New Zealand currently operates a fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners which chief executive, Christopher Luxon, said have proved to be the perfect aircraft for the airline’s Pacific Rim focus.
The news comes as the aircraft manufacturer admitted for the first time that an anti-stall system on the 737 Max may have played a role in the downing of two of the aircraft.
Boeing has insisted safety is at the core of its activities in response to the preliminary report into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 by the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max nosedived several times before it came down in a fatal crash last month, a preliminary report has found. There were no survivors following the incident shortly after take-off.
Boeing had been expected to submit final paperwork for the revamp to the Federal Aviation Administration – which belatedly grounded the plane last month – at the end of March.
Plane manufacturer Boeing has issued an update to the control systems on the 737 Max aircraft, two of which have crashed in the past five months.
Garuda Indonesia is set to become the first airline to officially cancel an order for the Boeing 737 Max 8 after two crashes involving the plane.
Following an initially muted response to the crash of two Boeing 737 Max planes, Boeing chairman and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg has issued a personal statement on the tragedies.