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Boeing Wants You to Trust the 737 Max: Here’s One Expert’s View

Boeing, after bungling its response to two deadly crashes of its new 737 Max aircraft and admitting that the company knew of issues with new technology that wasn’t ready for prime time in the aircraft, has a credibility gap.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer is working to restore the faith of airlines, airline employees, and travelers in the aircraft while it tries to get its proposed software fix for the aircraft certified …

Boeing Knew of 737 Max Sensor Issue Before Lion Air Crash

Boeing Knew of 737 Max Sensor Issue Before Lion Air Crash

Boeing said on Sunday that it knew about an issue with the angle-of-attack disagree alert roughly one year before the deadly Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash in October 2018.
Employees at the company, after determining there was an issue, followed internal protocols and the review determined that addressing the issue could wait until a then upcoming update of the display system software.
“In 2017, within several months after beginning 737 Max …

Boeing Names Special Counsel to Manage 737 Max Legal Matters

Boeing Names Special Counsel to Manage 737 Max Legal Matters

Boeing named J. Michael Luttig, its general counsel, to a new position Wednesday, in which he will manage all legal matters associated with the two Boeing 737 Max crashes.
Luttig will continue to hold the title of executive vice president and will also be counselor and senior advisor to the aircraft manufacturer’s chairman, Dennis Muillenberg. He will also remain on the company’s executive council.
The company also announced the appointment of Brett …

Southwest Was Unaware of ‘Optional’ Boeing 737 Max Safety Feature

Southwest Was Unaware of ‘Optional’ Boeing 737 Max Safety Feature

Southwest Airlines was not told by Boeing that a safety feature standard on earlier Boeing 737 models was made optional on the 737 Max.  The feature, known as the AOA disagree alert and which would warn pilots if and when the angle-of-attack vane sensor was sending incorrect data about the pitch of the aircraft’s nose, was made optional at extra cost on the Max.
The story was first reported in the …

Families of Ethiopian Air Crash to Hold Silent Protest At Boeing Annual Shareholders Meeting

Families of Ethiopian Air Crash to Hold Silent Protest At Boeing Annual Shareholders Meeting

Friends and family of those who perished in the March 10, 2019 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plan a silent protest at the Boeing annual meeting of shareholders on April 29.
The meeting is to be held at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
One passenger on the ill-fated flight was Samya Stumo, a health financing analyst, who had been scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya. …

President Trump to Boeing: Rebrand the 737 Max When it Returns to the Skies

President Trump to Boeing: Rebrand the 737 Max When it Returns to the Skies

President Donald Trump entered into the ongoing Boeing 737 Max drama with a suggestion for Boeing: give the beleaguered aircraft a new name.
The president made the suggestion on Twitter early Monday morning.
“What do I know about branding, maybe nothing,” he said in a tweet, adding “if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 Max, add some additional great features, & rebrand the plane with a new name.”
The 737 …

American Airlines Set to Restart 737 Max Flights by August 19

American Airlines Set to Restart 737 Max Flights by August 19

American Airlines, which is one of two U.S. airlines that had to ground its Boeing 737 Max fleet in the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash in March, announced that it plans to have the beleaguered aircraft back in the skies by mid August.
Saying it was confident that the Federal Aviation Administration would recertify the aircraft by mid-August, the airline said in a memo to employees that it …