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Boeing extends production stop at main plants indefinitely

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Here you will find regular news about the major US aircraft manufacturer, from problems with the production, the procedure for the re-registration of the Boeing 737 Max up to the current development of the Boeing share.

+++ April 6: Boeing extends production stop in the main plants indefinitely +++

Not just 14 days, but longer: The Everett factory and the other plants in the state of Washington remain closed until further notice. The production stop has been in effect since March 25 and was initially limited to two weeks. At the Everett plant, Boeing manufactures the 747, 767, 777 and part of the 787. Boeing employs a total of around 70,000 people in the west coast state.

The corporation, which was badly hit prior to the pandemic, has asked the US government for financial aid to endure the corona crisis, which has led to a global slump in air traffic. The U.S. aviation industry can hope for billions in loans from a giant bailout that Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed.

+++ March 24: Not only 737 Max – Boeing plants in Seattle stop aircraft production for 14 days +++

The US aircraft manufacturer will cease operations at its Everett and Moses Lake plants in Washington State for the next 14 days. As a result, the production of Boeing 747, 777, 787 and 767 passenger and cargo aircraft comes to a standstill. The announcement comes just a day after a Boeing 777 production line employee died of coronavirus disease, the Seattle Times reports.

“These measures are being taken to ensure the wellbeing of employees, their families and local communities,” said Boeing. The affected factories should be cleaned thoroughly. Due to a production stop at the bestseller 737 Max, which was banned from taking off after two plane crashes worldwide, the production of the Airbus rival has been severely restricted since January. The group had already suspended chief salaries, dividends and share buybacks on Friday.

+++ March 16: Crack on Boeing 737 jet – US regulator investigates incident +++

After an incident with a Southwest Airlines aircraft, the US aviation regulator FAA checks whether certain Boeing jets need to be checked for cracks more frequently. A thirty centimeter long crack on the fuselage of a Boeing 737 was found after a flight from Las Vegas to Boise in the US state of Idaho, the FAA said.

During the flight, the air pressure in the cabin had gradually decreased, the crew had reduced the altitude to reach a safe level. The flight could then be continued without the use of oxygen masks, accidents or injuries. A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the affected Boeing aircraft is currently being repaired. The matter does not concern the 737 Max aircraft, which has been banned from take-off worldwide for a good year.

+++ March 7: US Congress describes Boeing 737 Max as “fundamentally flawed and uncertain” +++

The aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s 737 Max is, according to the US Congress, a “fundamentally faulty and unsafe” machine. The reason for this are both design errors by Boeing and a lack of control by the air traffic control authority FAA, according to the preliminary report of the responsible congress committee published on Friday. Boeing and the FAA “played with the safety of people”. A flight ban was imposed on the 737 MAX a year ago after two crashes killing 346 people. Boeing is therefore under massive economic pressure. Affected airlines are therefore demanding billions in compensation from the US group.

In the meantime, it was announced that the FAA would charge Boeing $ 19.7 million ($ 17.5 million) for unauthorized components in hundreds of aircraft. The agency accuses the aircraft manufacturer, according to a message on Friday, for installing certain sensors in 791 737 series jets that have not yet been approved. Specifically, it is about components from the manufacturer Rockwell Collins in 618 Boeing 737 NG and 173 Boeing 737 Max. Boeing has 30 days to pay or contest the penalty. The company said it had cooperated in the FAA investigation and had already responded to the complaints.

+++ March 3: US authorities demand improved simulator training for the 737 Max +++

At the beginning of the year, Boeing made the fundamental decision that simulator training will be required for all Boeing 737 Max pilots in the future. That was not the case before. For captains of the older 737 types, a brief retraining on the iPad was enough to familiarize themselves with the new Max model.

However, in the latest trials by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) with pilots from United, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Aeromexico in the simulator, the official staff found a high error rate. Difficulties arose when the emergency was played through and the revised MCAS automatic trim was activated. That is why the US Aviation Administration has now called for “additional training requirements related to the aircraft”; a measure that is likely to delay the commissioning of the controversial aircraft type again.

+++ February 25: Technicians find foreign objects in tanks of two thirds of all new Boeing 737 Max +++

Boeing has another manufacturing quality problem. According to the Seattle Times, the aircraft manufacturer confirmed that foreign objects such as rags and tools were found in the wing tanks in 35 out of 50 examined Boeing 737 Max jets. Accordingly, not only all 400 aircraft that have not yet been delivered must be checked, but also those that already belong to the airlines’ fleets and are affected by the worldwide flight ban. The additional inspections are time-consuming and require up to three days per machine, since all the kerosene has to be drained from the tanks before mechanics can crawl into the tanks.

+++ February 7: Boeing has a new software problem with 737 Max +++

The ailing US aviation group Boeing has found a new software problem with the 737 Max crisis jet, which is banned from flying. During the 737-Max test flights, according to Boeing, a warning light came on in connection with the trim system to stabilize the flight angle. The reason is deviations in the data feed between the flight control computers. The problem will be solved with a software update to ensure that the warning light will work correctly in the future.

Boeing’s 737 Max was banned from flying in mid-March 2019 after a total of 346 deaths worldwide. The supervisory authorities decide whether and when it may take off again. The decisive cause of the devastating accidents is a faulty automatic control of the aircraft. Boeing wanted to have fixed this original problem by update before the second 737 Max crash, but the approval by the international supervisory authorities is still not available.

+++ January 30: Boeing makes losses for the first time in 22 years +++

The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing made a loss for the first time in more than two decades due to the severe problems with the 737 MAX last year. The fourth quarter 2019 deficit is $ 1 billion, and for the full year it is $ 636 million (Boeing 578 million), Boeing said on Wednesday. The group estimated the additional costs for compensation payments to customers and due to production downtimes to $ 9.2 billion.

In its 104-year history, the U.S. corporation has only been in the red four times, in addition to 2019 and 1997 in 1995 and 1946. In 2018, Boeing generated a net profit of $ 10.5 billion.

+++ January 25: New model 777X completes its maiden flight +++

Finally good news from Seattle: The new wide-body jet 777X has successfully completed its maiden flight, which was actually planned for 2019. The aircraft took off on Saturday (local time) at Paine Field in Everett and landed on the factory premises after three hours and 51 minutes of flight over the state, Boeing said in Seattle.

The twin-engine 777X, whose variants 777-8 and 777-9 differ in size and range, is a further development of the 777 series. The first aircraft in the 777X series are scheduled for delivery in 2021. According to current information, 340 orders are on the books. Major customers include Lufthansa and Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad, the Japanese ANA as well as Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Singapore Airlines.

+++ January 24: Ryanair wants to order 100 aircraft from Airbus +++

Reverse turn for the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair: Ryanair is in discussion with Airbus about a large order for its subsidiary Lauda in Austria, with which many holiday destinations such as Palma de Mallorca are also served from Germany. So far, Ryanair has operated a pure Boeing fleet. However, due to the Boeing 737 Max’s flight ban, the Irish have so far not received any of 135 copies ordered. This is how Ryanair wants to grow through the subsidiary. “We are currently in talks with Airbus for further fleet expansion,” confirmed a Laudamotion spokeswoman for the “WirtschaftsWoche”. It is about an order for medium-range A320 and A321 aircraft for Laudamotion.

The airline is already flying with 23 Airbus jets that stem from the takeover of the predecessor company, which once belonged to Air Berlin.

+++ January 15: Orders for Boeing civil aircraft in the minus for the first time in decades +++

The stricken US aircraft manufacturer Boeing posted a drop in orders for civil aircraft for the first time in decades. Boeing received more cancellations for machines already ordered than new orders in 2019. Accordingly, the minus of 87 aircraft is the bottom line.

Deliveries also went down. Boeing delivered 380 aircraft last year, 53 percent less than in 2018. CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who was accused of poor crisis management, was sold in December. His successor David Calhoun took office on Monday.

+++ January 14: Boeing supplier fires 2800 employees due to MAX crisis +++

Because of the production stop for the Boeing 737 MAX, the aircraft supplier Spirit AeroSystems dismisses 2800 employees. That corresponds to 16 percent of the workforce. The MAX machines accounted for half of the annual turnover and Boeing had not yet announced how long the production stop would last. Among other things, Spirit AeroSystems builds the fuselage for the Boeing 737 MAX.

Due to the worldwide flight ban, airlines had to cancel thousands of flights and use other machines. They are therefore demanding compensation from Boeing. The aircraft manufacturer deferred $ 5.6 billion in July for such payments.

+++ January 8: Pilots of the Boeing 737 Max should train in the simulator +++

U-turn and late insight at Boeing: The US aircraft manufacturer has now spoken out in favor of training pilots in flight simulators before the model 737 Max is re-registered. In addition to training on computers, all Max pilots should train in simulators, said the company, which is under massive pressure. Interim chief Greg Smith said that security was a “top priority” at Boeing. Should the US air traffic control FAA approve the proposal, the resumption of flight operations of the 737 Max should be delayed further.

Such training in simulators is expensive for airlines. Boeing had previously argued that training on a computer was sufficient. The air traffic control authorities of the European Union and Canada see things differently and require training on simulators before they are put back into operation, with which various flight scenarios can be played out realistically.

+++ January 6: New Boeing problem – risk of short circuit with the 737 Max +++

In addition to the controversial MCAS software, a new problem has arisen in the Boeing 737 Max when checking the weaknesses of the misfortune pilot: According to the “New York Times”, two wiring harnesses are so tightly laid in the stern that a short circuit can occur. Boeing discovered the vulnerability in December and then the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The aviation authority FAA classified the hazard as potentially “catastrophic”, which in the worst case can lead to crashes. The report also contemplates checking older 737 types, such as the Boeing 737-600 to -900.

+++ January 3: Boeing’s crisis around the 737 Max model continues Ryanair +++

The severe crisis of Boeing with its medium-haul Boeing 737 Max continues to burden Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair. “We have a problem – and it has three letters,” said company boss Michael O’Leary of the “Wirtschaftswoche”. The Irish airline should have got 58 planes by next summer. “Then it went down to 30, then 20, then ten and finally maybe only five. We may not get the first jets until October 2020.” Ryanair had ordered 135 copies of the medium-range jet, but after two crashes, the US company has not been able to deliver the type since last March.

+++ January 2, 2020: Turkish Airlines receives $ 225 million in compensation from Boeing +++

Turkish Airlines and US aircraft maker Boeing have agreed to pay compensation in the face of the Jet 737 Max crisis. The Hürriyet newspaper reported that Turkish Airlines received $ 225 million. This covers the airline’s losses in 2019. The airline merely said: “Turkish Airlines and Boeing have agreed to compensate for certain losses incurred as a result of Boeing 737 Max aircraft remaining on the ground and not delivered.”

At Turkish Airlines, 12 aircraft of the type remained on the ground. In addition, Turkish Airlines should receive twelve of the planes in 2019. Turkish Airlines had to raise fares and cut domestic flights due to the flight stop and the undelivered aircraft. In early December, Turkish media reported that the airline was also willing to sue Boeing for the losses.

+++ December 23, 2019: Boeing boss Muilenburg resigns +++

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg resigns from his office with immediate effect. Boeing announced this on Monday. He is to be succeeded by David Calhoun, who is currently the head of the Board of Directors.

Boeing is in crisis after two model 737 Max plane crashes. Aviators worldwide have had to stay on the ground for months. Last week, Boeing announced a temporary production stop for the model.

The official Boeing press release concludes that Muilenburg did not resign entirely voluntarily: “The Supervisory Board has concluded that a change in management has become necessary to compensate for the loss of trust among regulators, customers and shareholders to restore “, says the aircraft manufacturer’s statement. Read More here.

+++ December 20: United Airlines cancels 737 Max flights until June +++

The US airline United Airlines is preparing for an even longer forced break from Boeing’s Krisenjet 737 Max. The aircraft, which were banned from taking off after two crashes, will be removed from the flight schedule by June 4, United announced on Friday. The company had previously anticipated a failure until March. The other two major US airlines with 737 Max models in the fleet – Southwest and American – had canceled flights with the aircraft until April.

The 737 Max is no longer allowed to take off after two crashes with a total of 346 deaths since mid-March 2019. There is currently little evidence of a rapid re-registration. After the US air traffic control recently warned FAA Boeing of unrealistic schedules, the company announced on Monday that it would temporarily stop production from January. This increases the pressure on the airlines, which have had to cancel several flights and are waiting for numerous ordered jets.

+++ December 20: Starliner spacecraft launched – but not to the ISS +++

There were problems during the first test flight from Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft to the ISS space station. After the rocket launch on Friday morning (local time) from the US spaceport Cape Canaveral, the capsule was in a stable orbit around the earth, Nasa boss Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. However, a drive failed that was necessary to reach the ISS. Bridenstine announced a press conference for Friday morning (local time). In the first endurance test, there were no people on board. In the future, Boeing wants to use the “Starliner” on behalf of the US space agency NASA to bring American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). On Saturday, the spaceship is supposed to dock for the first time at mankind’s outpost 400 kilometers above the earth’s surface. After that, his return is expected for December 28th.

+++ December 18: Southwest Airlines cancels 737 Max flights until April +++

In view of the high level of uncertainty surrounding Boeing’s 737 Max crisis jet, the major US airlines are preparing for an ongoing compulsory break. Southwest Airlines has announced that it will take the aircraft, which has been banned from take-off, longer after two devastating crashes. The 737 Max will probably no longer be used until April 13.

American Airlines had already announced last week that it would no longer plan to deploy Boeing’s unfortunate aircraft until April. The airlines are now assuming that the failure of the important model, which has not been allowed to start since mid-March, will continue for over a year.

+++ December 17: Boeing temporarily stops production of the 737 MAX from January +++

Boeing is temporarily suspending production of the 737 Max crisis jet due to the high level of uncertainty surrounding a new registration from January. The aircraft type has been banned from takeoff since mid-March. The reason is two crashes within a few months, in which numerous people died. Boeing had already significantly reduced 737 production in April and cut the monthly production rate from 52 to around 42 aircraft.

But since Boeing is not allowed to deliver the machines until they are re-registered, high costs and logistical problems arise. According to Boeing, around 400 planes currently have to be temporarily stored, which increasingly leads to a lack of space. The head of the United States Aviation Supervision Authority (FAA) made it clear to Boeing last week that the aircraft manufacturer was pursuing an “unrealistic” schedule. Read More here.

+++ December 12th. Whistleblower makes serious allegations against Boeing +++

A former Boeing manager made serious allegations against the aircraft manufacturer at a congressional hearing in Washington on Wednesday (local time). “I experienced a factory in chaos and raised serious manufacturing quality concerns to senior Boeing executives months before the first crash,” said Ed Pierson. Before the second accident, he reported problems again, but none of his clues did anything. Boeing is suspected of rushing the unfortunate aircraft onto the market and neglecting safety. The group denies this, but has admitted errors in the 737 Max. Read More here.

+++ December 7: Boeing to pay penalty of $ 3.9 million +++

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing installed defective parts in 133 Boeing 737 series jets. Despite knowledge, these machines were registered for the final certification of airworthiness. The objectionable components are so-called slat tracks on the adjustable slat flaps. The authority and gives the aircraft manufacturer 30 days to take a position. Otherwise, a penalty of $ 3.9 million will apply – the equivalent of $ 3.5 million. Read More here.

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