Boeing CEO says it’s completed 96 test flights with 737 Max software fix

The test flights are one prong of a broad effort by Boeing to get the Max back in the air. Boeing says representatives from two-thirds of the 50 airlines that have the Max in their fleets have tested the new software in a simulator. The company said it will cut Max production by 20% as it works on a software fix to get the jets running again. Investigators suspect that faulty data feeding into the aircraft’s MCAS flight system played a major role in the Indonesia and Ethiopia accidents. Investig


The test flights are one prong of a broad effort by Boeing to get the Max back in the air. Boeing says representatives from two-thirds of the 50 airlines that have the Max in their fleets have tested the new software in a simulator. The company said it will cut Max production by 20% as it works on a software fix to get the jets running again. Investigators suspect that faulty data feeding into the aircraft’s MCAS flight system played a major role in the Indonesia and Ethiopia accidents. Investig
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Boeing CEO says it's completed 96 test flights with 737 Max software fix

The test flights are one prong of a broad effort by Boeing to get the Max back in the air. The company is also updating airlines by bringing representatives into flight simulators and showing them how the modified flight control system will feel in the cockpit. Boeing says representatives from two-thirds of the 50 airlines that have the Max in their fleets have tested the new software in a simulator.

“We want everyone to be confident in it and the additional training and educational resources we’re developing and deploying,” Muilenberg said, adding that the last few weeks have been the most “heartwrenching” of his career.

The company will likely submit its plan to fix the Max, which has been grounded since mid-March, to the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators within the next two weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. Getting those regulators to approve the plan will likely take several more weeks.

“I expect that the airplane is still several weeks away from getting the final seal of approval to be flown again, not so much that the software fix is a problem, but just from an optics standpoint,” said Jeff Guzzetti, former director of the FAA’s accident investigation civision. Guzzetti believes the FAA is stinging from criticism its relationship with Boeing was “too cozy” because the FAA designated Boeing engineers to self-certify parts of the 737 Max before the plane was given final approval in 2017.

Boeing has scrambled to restore faith in its 737 Max after the jet’s anti-stall software was implicated in two crashes in the last five months that killed 346 people and grounded the planes worldwide. The company said it will cut Max production by 20% as it works on a software fix to get the jets running again. They’ve been grounded since mid-March.

Investigators suspect that faulty data feeding into the aircraft’s MCAS flight system played a major role in the Indonesia and Ethiopia accidents. Investigators and lawmakers have scrutinized Boeing’s software system malfunction, from the original design to the training and safety certifications.

When designing the newest Max jets, Boeing allegedly increased the power of the automated system that pushes the plane nose down, making it hard for pilots to regain control of the doomed jets. Changes to the anti-stall system were not fully reviewed by the FAA.

Boeing said Tuesday that deliveries and new orders for all of its 737 jets fell in the first quarter, and earlier in the week, Wall Street analysts downgradedBoeing stock. The company’s shares have have fallen nearly 9 percent in the past month.

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Taiwan condemns Beijing after Chinese jets cross maritime line

Taiwan on Sunday condemned what it called a “provocative” move by China after two Chinese fighter jets crossed a maritime border separating the two sides amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Earlier on Sunday Taiwan scrambled aircraft to drive away the two Chinese planes, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry said. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which views Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province. China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan


Taiwan on Sunday condemned what it called a “provocative” move by China after two Chinese fighter jets crossed a maritime border separating the two sides amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Earlier on Sunday Taiwan scrambled aircraft to drive away the two Chinese planes, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry said. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which views Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province. China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan
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Taiwan condemns Beijing after Chinese jets cross maritime line

Taiwan on Sunday condemned what it called a “provocative” move by China after two Chinese fighter jets crossed a maritime border separating the two sides amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.

Earlier on Sunday Taiwan scrambled aircraft to drive away the two Chinese planes, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry said.

China’s move had “seriously impacted regional safety and stability,” the ministry said in a statement.

There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which views Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province.

Huang Chung-yen, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Presidential Office, said Beijing “should stop behaviour of this sort, which endangers regional peace, and not be an international troublemaker.”

President Tsai Ing-wen had urged the army “to complete all tasks on war preparation,” he added.

China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan during drills in recent years and worked to isolate the island internationally, whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies.

The United States last week sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait, as part of an increase in the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.


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Airbus wins China order for 300 jets as Xi Jinping visits France

Airbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by U.S. rival Boeing. The deal between Airbus and China’s state buying agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, which regularly coordinates headline-grabbing deals during diplomatic visits, will include 290 A320-family jets and 10 A350 wide-body jets. French officials said the deal was worth some


Airbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by U.S. rival Boeing. The deal between Airbus and China’s state buying agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, which regularly coordinates headline-grabbing deals during diplomatic visits, will include 290 A320-family jets and 10 A350 wide-body jets. French officials said the deal was worth some
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Airbus wins China order for 300 jets as Xi Jinping visits France

Airbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by U.S. rival Boeing.

The deal between Airbus and China’s state buying agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, which regularly coordinates headline-grabbing deals during diplomatic visits, will include 290 A320-family jets and 10 A350 wide-body jets.

French officials said the deal was worth some 30 billion euros at catalog prices. Planemakers usually grant significant discounts.

The larger-than-expected order, which matches an order for 300 Boeing planes when U.S. Donald Trump visited Beijing in 2017, follows a year-long vacuum of purchases in which China failed to place significant orders amid global trade tensions.

It also comes as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max has left uncertainty over Boeing’s immediate hopes for a major jet order as the result of any warming of U.S.-China trade ties.

There was no evidence of any direct connection between the Airbus deal and Sino-U.S. tensions or Boeing fleet problems, but China watchers say Beijing has a history of sending diplomatic signals or playing off suppliers through state aircraft deals.

“The conclusion of a big (aviation) contract … is an important step forward and an excellent signal in the current context,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint address with his Chinese counterpart.

The United States and China are edging towards a possible deal to ease a months-long tariff row and a deal involving as many as 200 to 300 Boeing jets had until recently been expected as part of the possible rapprochement.


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Indonesian airline Garuda is canceling its order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets

Airline Garuda Indonesia said Friday it is requesting a cancellation to its current order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets. Reuters, citing Garuda’s CFO, said the company may change its 737 Max order to another type of Boeing jet. In response to CNBC’s request for comment, Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said the airline sent a letter to Boeing on March 14 to cancel its order for the 737 Max jets. Garuda currently only has one Boeing 737 Max 8 in its fleet, according to Reuters. The Indonesian airline i


Airline Garuda Indonesia said Friday it is requesting a cancellation to its current order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets. Reuters, citing Garuda’s CFO, said the company may change its 737 Max order to another type of Boeing jet. In response to CNBC’s request for comment, Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said the airline sent a letter to Boeing on March 14 to cancel its order for the 737 Max jets. Garuda currently only has one Boeing 737 Max 8 in its fleet, according to Reuters. The Indonesian airline i
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Indonesian airline Garuda is canceling its order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets

Airline Garuda Indonesia said Friday it is requesting a cancellation to its current order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets.

Newswires Reuters and AFP both reported the company’s plans.

Reuters, citing Garuda’s CFO, said the company may change its 737 Max order to another type of Boeing jet. The national carrier of Indonesia did not explain why it no longer wanted the planes.

In response to CNBC’s request for comment, Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said the airline sent a letter to Boeing on March 14 to cancel its order for the 737 Max jets. Garuda has not heard back from Boeing, but the aircraft manufacturer will visit Jakarta on March 28 for “further discussion,” said Rosan.

Garuda currently only has one Boeing 737 Max 8 in its fleet, according to Reuters.

The Indonesian airline is the first to publicly confirmed plans to cancel an order for the Boeing jets after two fatal crashes involving the 737 Max 8. The planes have been grounded by authorities in multiple countries — including in the U.S., Europe, China and Indonesia.


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Crashed jets reportedly lacked key safety features because Boeing charged extra for them

The angle of attack indicator determines how much the plane’s nose is tilted, and the disagree light is activated if the jet’s sensors are giving contradictory signals. Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, after the deadly crashes caused all the Max planes to be grounded, according to the Times. The angle of attack indicator will remain an option that airlines can purchase, the report said. Neither safety feature was mandated by the Federal Aviation A


The angle of attack indicator determines how much the plane’s nose is tilted, and the disagree light is activated if the jet’s sensors are giving contradictory signals. Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, after the deadly crashes caused all the Max planes to be grounded, according to the Times. The angle of attack indicator will remain an option that airlines can purchase, the report said. Neither safety feature was mandated by the Federal Aviation A
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Crashed jets reportedly lacked key safety features because Boeing charged extra for them

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Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.

The features could have helped pilots detect erroneous readings, which some experts believe might be connected to the planes’ failures, The New York Times reports.

Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed within five months of each other, were brand new but were not equipped with an angle of attack indicator or an angle of attack disagree light, the paper said. The angle of attack indicator determines how much the plane’s nose is tilted, and the disagree light is activated if the jet’s sensors are giving contradictory signals.

Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, after the deadly crashes caused all the Max planes to be grounded, according to the Times. The angle of attack indicator will remain an option that airlines can purchase, the report said. The company is also planning a new software update.

Neither safety feature was mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration, but experts say it is key to flight safety.

“They’re critical, and cost almost nothing for the airlines to install,” Bjorn Fehrm, an analyst at aviation consultancy Leeham, told the Times. “Boeing charges for them because it can. But they’re vital for safety.”

Boeing did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement Thursday that its pilots had been following FAA and Boeing guidance.

“Ethiopian Airlines pilots completed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training from the B-737 NG aircraft to the B-737 MAX aircraft before the phase in of the B-737-8 MAX fleet to the Ethiopian operation and before they start flying the B-737-8 MAX,” the airline said in a statement.

“We urge all concerned to refrain from making such uninformed, incorrect, irresponsible and misleading statements during the period of the accident investigation. International regulations require all stakeholders to wait patiently for the result of the investigation,” it said.

It’s still unclear what caused the crashes. Investigators are looking into whether a new software system added to combat stalls in Boeing’s 737 Max series might have been a trigger, as well as faulty data from sensors on the Lion Air plane that might have caused a system malfunction.

Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing’s CEO, said the company was working on making the 737 Max safer.

“As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety,” he said in a statement Sunday.

An email sent to Lion Air, outside regular business hours, was not immediately answered.

The full New York Times story can be found on its website.


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US airlines cancel flights after FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max jets

That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max. United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights.


That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max. United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights.
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US airlines cancel flights after FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max jets

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday joined dozens of other countries’ regulators in ordering airlines to ground new Boeing 737 Max planes, citing evidence linking a deadly crash of one of them in Ethiopia over the weekend to a similar fatal flight in Indonesia in October. (You can find more detail on why the planes were grounded here.)

That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. The three U.S. airlines — United, American and Southwest — that have recently added the planes to their fleets, and have more on order, said they will rebook or waive ticket-change fees and fare differences for travelers affected by the FAA’s order, which went into immediate effect.

American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max.

Routes with multiple flights each day, where passengers can more easily be rebooked to another time, are likely to take the biggest hit. Travelers who aren’t booked on the Max may also be affected as airlines deploy their planes to cover other routes with less frequent service.

United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. The airline said it expects minimal disruptions from the issue, but it will work with customers if their flights are canceled.

Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights. The carrier does not charge travelers to change their trips, but said passengers booked on canceled Boeing Max flights won’t have to pay the difference in fares to change their dates if it’s within two weeks of their original departure.


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Boeing lost $26.6 billion in market value since Sunday’s 737 Max 8 crash

Boeing investors lost $26.6 billion in the first two trading days this week following the deadly crash of one of its popular 737 Max 8 jets in Ethiopia. The share slide cut its market value from $238.7 billion to $212.1 billion over Monday and Tuesday as international aviation regulators and airlines moved to ground 737 Max jets from China to Mexico. Sunday’s crash of a passenger jet en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi killed all 157 people on board. The disaster came five months after a Lion A


Boeing investors lost $26.6 billion in the first two trading days this week following the deadly crash of one of its popular 737 Max 8 jets in Ethiopia. The share slide cut its market value from $238.7 billion to $212.1 billion over Monday and Tuesday as international aviation regulators and airlines moved to ground 737 Max jets from China to Mexico. Sunday’s crash of a passenger jet en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi killed all 157 people on board. The disaster came five months after a Lion A
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Boeing lost $26.6 billion in market value since Sunday's 737 Max 8 crash

Boeing investors lost $26.6 billion in the first two trading days this week following the deadly crash of one of its popular 737 Max 8 jets in Ethiopia.

Boeing’s shares slid 11 percent from $422.54 Friday to $375.41 at Tuesday’s close before turning positive Wednesday morning. The share slide cut its market value from $238.7 billion to $212.1 billion over Monday and Tuesday as international aviation regulators and airlines moved to ground 737 Max jets from China to Mexico.

Its shares were up by less than 1 percent Wednesday.

Edward Jones downgraded Boeing’s stock to hold from buy, noting a possible “delay in orders.”

Sunday’s crash of a passenger jet en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi killed all 157 people on board. The disaster came five months after a Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 people aboard. The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines plane is under investigation.

The U.S. is increasingly alone in defending the American-made jets since the Federal Aviation Administration deemed the 737 Max to be “airworthy” earlier this week. The aircraft hasn’t been grounded in the U.S.


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Global airlines ground Boeing 737 Max jets after second fatal crash

Aviation regulators from China to Britain have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining a growing list of countries suspending the plane’s operation and banning it from their airspace after the second deadly crash of the popular aircraft in less than five months. On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard. That came after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea in October, killing the 189 people a


Aviation regulators from China to Britain have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining a growing list of countries suspending the plane’s operation and banning it from their airspace after the second deadly crash of the popular aircraft in less than five months. On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard. That came after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea in October, killing the 189 people a
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Global airlines ground Boeing 737 Max jets after second fatal crash

Aviation regulators from China to Britain have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining a growing list of countries suspending the plane’s operation and banning it from their airspace after the second deadly crash of the popular aircraft in less than five months.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace,” the regulator said Tuesday.

Ireland’s aviation regulator followed suit Tuesday.

The moves by European governments come a day after the Federal Aviation Administration said it did not see a reason to ground the best-selling Boeing jet. On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard. That came after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea in October, killing the 189 people aboard.

Boeing noted that the FAA decided not to ground the planes and it wasn’t planning to issue new guidance to pilots “based on the information currently available.”

“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets,” Boeing said. “We’ll continue to engage with all of them to ensure they have all the information they need to have the confidence they need safely continue to operate their fleets or return them to service.”

Boeing shares were down more than 6 percent in late morning trading.

Automated systems on the Boeing 737 Max have been under scrutiny since the Lion Air crash, and Boeing said it is preparing software fixes as well as changes to pilot training and manuals.

After the U.K. issued its statement about the planes, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted: “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT.

“I see it all the time in many products,” he said. “Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.”

The FAA did not immediately respond to request for comment.

A growing number of aviation regulators and airlines around the world have decided to temporarily ground the planes, of which there are more than 370 in fleets worldwide, pending more information about the Ethiopian Airlines crash. China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and airlines in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina have grounded the planes.


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China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 planes

China’s civil aviation regulator said on Monday that it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia. It was the second crash of the 737 MAX, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017. The airline has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking we


China’s civil aviation regulator said on Monday that it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia. It was the second crash of the 737 MAX, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017. The airline has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking we
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China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 planes

China’s civil aviation regulator said on Monday that it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 6 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) following a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines has also grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet until further notice, the airline said on its Twitter account on Monday, a day after one of its MAX 8 jets bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

It was the second crash of the 737 MAX, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017.

“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the crash, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution,” Ethiopian Airlines said.

The airline has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

In October, a 737 MAX flown by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air flying from Jakarta on a domestic flight crashed 13 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a statement it would notify airlines as to when they could resume flying the jets after contacting Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ensure flight safety.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” the CAAC said, adding that the order was in line with its principle of zero-tolerance on safety harzards.

The cause of the Indonesian crash is still being investigated. A preliminary report issued in November, before the cockpit voice recorder was recovered, focused on airline maintenance and training and the response of a Boeing anti-stall system to a recently replaced sensor but did not give a reason for the crash.

Chinese airlines have 96 737 MAX jets in service, the state company regulator said on Weibo.

Caijing, a Chinese state-run news outlet that covers finance and economics, said many flights scheduled to use 737 MAX planes would instead use the 737-800 models.

A Boeing spokesman declined to comment.

A U.S. official told Reuters the United States was unsure of what information China was acting on.

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said there were no plans to follow suit given the 737 MAX had a stellar safety record in the United States and there was a lack of information about the cause of the Ethiopian crash.


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American Airlines takes jets out of service, cancels flights due to overhead bin problem

American Airlines has taken more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets out of service due to problems with newly installed overhead bins, leading the airline to cancel about 40 flights, the carrier said Thursday. American is in the process of remodeling the interiors of its Boeing 737-800 planes to add more seats as well as bigger overhead bins and electrical outlets at each seat, a plan known as “Project Oasis.” The airline is one of several carriers adding more seats to planes in order to increa


American Airlines has taken more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets out of service due to problems with newly installed overhead bins, leading the airline to cancel about 40 flights, the carrier said Thursday. American is in the process of remodeling the interiors of its Boeing 737-800 planes to add more seats as well as bigger overhead bins and electrical outlets at each seat, a plan known as “Project Oasis.” The airline is one of several carriers adding more seats to planes in order to increa
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-03-07  Authors: leslie josephs, mike fuentes, bloomberg, getty images
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American Airlines takes jets out of service, cancels flights due to overhead bin problem

American Airlines has taken more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets out of service due to problems with newly installed overhead bins, leading the airline to cancel about 40 flights, the carrier said Thursday.

American is in the process of remodeling the interiors of its Boeing 737-800 planes to add more seats as well as bigger overhead bins and electrical outlets at each seat, a plan known as “Project Oasis.” The airline is one of several carriers adding more seats to planes in order to increase revenue for each flight.

American flies 304 Boeing 737-800s and said it found “an issue with the quality of work conducted on overhead bins on two of these Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” which it said was installed by a third-party vendor that is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-03-07  Authors: leslie josephs, mike fuentes, bloomberg, getty images
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