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Source: Reuters

With 737 MAX grounded, airlines face daily scheduling challenges

Today 08:05 GMT

U.S. and Canadian airlines that fly the roughly 175-seat aircraft face a logistical challenge: which flights to cancel and which to cover with other planes following the global grounding of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX jets.

Southwest Airlines Co and American Airlines Group Inc, the two largest MAX operators in the United States, said they have bolstered their reservation and operations teams to figure out how to spread flight cancellations across their networks, not just on MAX flights.

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Source: BBC

US aircraft 'killed Somali civilians'

Today 08:05 GMT

US air strikes have been killing civilians in Somalia, in a possible violation of international humanitarian law, Amnesty International says.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militia controls large rural areas of central and southern Somalia, and frequently mounts gun-and-bomb attacks on the capital, Mogadishu.

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Source: Common Domain

Capt. Sullenberger on the FAA and Boeing: ‘Our credibility as leaders in aviation is being damaged’

Today 08:04 GMT

This nation’s aviation regulatory body, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has long been the gold standard of safety regulation in global aviation, often a template for other nations to follow in technical and safety matters.

Boeing and the FAA have been found wanting in this ugly saga that began years ago but has come home to roost with two terrible fatal crashes, with no survivors, in less than five months, on a new airplane type, the Boeing 737 Max 8, something that is unprecedented in modern aviation history.

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Source: BBC

Jet Airways grounds planes as crisis grows

Today 04:14 GMT

The government has been asking state-run banks including SBI and Punjab National Bank (PNB) as well as the 49% state-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to take at least a third of the airline until new buyer can be found, the news agency said.

On Tuesday, the National Aviators Guild warned the Jet Airways management that members would stop flying for the airline from 1 April if their salaries were not paid.

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Source: Global News

Boeing shuffles senior execs, top engineers amid 737 MAX scrutiny

Today 00:34 GMT

Boeing‘s commercial airplane division, facing its biggest crisis in years following deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX aircraft, has brought in a new vice president of engineering while dedicating another top executive to the aircraft investigations, a company email showed on Tuesday.

Canada, EU reviewing certification approval of Boeing 737 MAX after FAA probe. John Hamilton, formerly both vice president and chief engineer in Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division, will focus solely on the role of chief engineer, the unit’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin McAllister told employees on Tuesday in an email seen by Reuters.

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Source: Reuters

Democrats seek probe of key FAA decisions on 737 MAX approval

Today 00:34 GMT

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives transportation committee and another key Democrat asked the Transportation Department’s inspector general on Tuesday to examine key decisions made by the Federal Aviation Administration in certifying Boeing’s 737 MAX jet for use.

They want a status report on corrective actions since the fatal Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October “and whether pilots are being adequately trained before the 737 MAX is returned to revenue passenger service throughout the international aviation community.”

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Source: BBC

Boeing expects 737 Max fix by end of March

Wednesday 23:39 GMT

Boeing's Dennis Muilenburg, who is the chairman, president and chief executive of the company, said in an open letter: "Soon we'll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 Max that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident." He said the company had been working in "full co-operation" with the relevant authorities and regulators.

The airline had been expecting delivery of six new planes in March and April, but has been substituting different aircraft on the 737 Max routes.

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Source: Global News

Canada, EU reviewing certification approval of Boeing 737 MAX after FAA probe

Wednesday 17:16 GMT

Canada and the European Union say they are re-examining the approval it gave Boeing 737 MAX jets, following reports of a U.S. investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration certification of the aircraft.

Canada urged to review aircraft certification agreement with U.S. following Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes. Canada accepted the FAA’s certification of the MAX in June 2017 under a bilateral agreement where such approvals by the U.S. are almost always accepted by Canada and vice versa.

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Source: BBC

What's next for Boeing after 737 grounding?

Monday 16:21 GMT

Two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 Max jets have left the plane maker rushing to restore confidence in the safety of its fastest-selling fleet.

Teal Group aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia said although the current 737 Max fleet is relatively small "the future revenue stream is enormously important" to Boeing. Each plane on order was priced at between $45-50m, Mr Aboulafia said, and Boeing has "taken deposits worth a small portion of many of the orders received".


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