Aviation: Desperate Boeing Bets on American Racism Being More Powerful Than the Fear of Flying 737 MAX 8

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Because of class struggle, Boeing has two main parts: a head and the rest of its body. The latter is mostly in Seattle; the former is now located in Chicago (the two were joined up until 2001). And so it is not surprising that the Chicago Tribune, on one side, and the Seattle Times, on the other, are closely monitoring […]

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Aviation: A curious comparison of beleaguered corporates, Tiger Brands and Boeing

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When an outfit that prides itself on being a global, high-flying regulatory trailblazer suddenly finds itself losing altitude and credibility, there’s only one thing it can do. Subject itself to the global review of its peers, however painful that may prove. That’s what the Federal Aviation Authority, FAA, is doing by convening a week long summit of civil aviation regulators […]

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Aviation: Boeing said that 737 Max 8 is ‘not suitable’ for certain airports

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Before last month’s crash of a flight that began in Ethiopia, Boeing said in a legal document that large, upgraded 737s “cannot be used at what are referred to as ‘high/hot’ airports.” At an elevation of 7,657 feet – or more than a mile high – Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport falls into that category. High elevations require longer runways […]

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Aviation: Boeing CEO seeks to reassure 737 Max jet changes will work

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Boeing is extensively testing the proposed software changes in its 737 Max jetliners that figured in two crashes and is reassuring airline executives about safety, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Thursday. He said engineers have taken 96 test flights – a total of 159 hours of flight time – to make sure the changes in the jetliner’s automatic anti-stalling system are […]

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Aviation: Max Disaster Pits Boeing Against Ethiopia’s Prized Carrier

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African air disasters always used to lead to the same conclusion — with the airline blamed for poor maintenance, ancient planes or poorly trained pilots, and often a combination of all three. But when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Co. 737 crashed near Addis Ababa last month, a curious thing happened: Industry experts immediately began to question the safety not of […]

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Aviation: The emerging 737 Max scandal, explained

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Boeing executives are offering a simple explanation for why the company’s best-selling plane in the world, the 737 Max 8, crashed twice in the past several months, leaving Jakarta, Indonesia, in October and then Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. Executives claimed on March 27 that the cause was a software problem — and that a new software upgrade fixes it. […]

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Aviation: Cost of Boeing groundings rising

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Anglo-German tour operator TUI became the latest Boeing 737 MAX operator to warn of a hit to its profits as the U.S. planemaker moved to restore confidence in its best-selling model after two fatal crashes that have grounded the planes worldwide. TUI said it was planning for the planes to remain grounded until at least the middle of July, costing […]

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Aviation: Boeing’s woes fuel Washington’s fears of the age of the made-in-China plane

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Boeing’s crisis over the global grounding of its 737 MAX 8 jet, following plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia , has set the scene for the next dreadful twist of the United States’ trade war with China, and worsened the almost-existential threat Washington feels from Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” strategy. At a point when the dispute over Chinese tech […]

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Aviation: Kenya Airways may return to Airbus as it rethinks Boeing 737 Max orders

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The Boeing Co. 737 Max crash in Ethiopia looks increasingly likely to hit the planemaker’s future orders as mounting safety concerns prompt airlines to reconsider plans to purchase the jetliner. Kenya Airways Plc is reevaluating proposals to buy the latest version of the single-aisle workhorse and could switch to Airbus SE’s rival A320 or upgauge to Boeing’s larger 787 Dreamliner, […]

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Aviation: The Boeing 747 had a great run, but farewell doesn’t mean the end

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There may be no airliner as recognizable as the Boeing 747, the world’s first jumbo jet, with its iconic hump of an upper deck. For aviation fans, the introduction of the “Queen of the Skies” was a triumph of engineering and grace: unprecedented size and speed with spiral-staircase international glamour. But the airline business has changed, and the giant plane […]

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