Published: Tue, June 18, 2019

Boeing executives apologize for 737 Max crashes

Boeing executives apologize for 737 Max crashes

European plane maker Airbus signed agreements to sell 118 of its aircraft, including more than 30 of its latest model, which it launched at the worldwide event on the outskirts of the French capital yesterday.

Airbus is said to be concerned that any competition between regulators in the wake of two fatal 737 MAX crashes could disrupt the industry including the global supply chain.

Boeing executives apologized Monday to airlines and families of victims of 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, as the USA plane maker struggles to regain the trust of regulators, pilots and the global traveling public.

"We clearly had a mistake in the implementation of the alert", Muilenburg said.

It also announced a deal for freighter jets with leasing company GECAS. The California-based Air Lease Corporation also signed a letter of intent to purchase 27 of the new planes - as well as 50 A220-300s and 23 additional A321neos, worth a total of $11bn at list prices.

But analysts expect this year's gathering to be relatively subdued, with slowing economies, trade tensions and geopolitical uncertainties unsettling airlines - highlighted by a profit warning from Germany's Lufthansa late on Sunday.

Analysts expect anything from 400 to 800 commercial aircraft orders and commitments at the gathering, compared with 959 at Farnborough a year ago, though it can be hard to identify truly new business against firmed-up commitments and switched models.

Airbus has already started pre-marketing the longer-range A321XLR which will allow airlines to offer long trips in narrow-body planes on routes where demand is too slim to justify taking the risk of trying to fill a larger wide-body. "For passengers, the A321XLR's new Airspace cabin will provide the best travel experience, while offering seats in all classes with the same high-comfort as on long-haul widebody aircraft".

The changes include: the new permanent Rear Centre Tank (RCT) for more fuel volume; a modified landing gear for an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 101 metric tonnes; and an optimised wing trailing-edge flap configuration to preserve the same take-off performance and engine thrust requirements as today's A321neo.

Asked whether he had been interviewed or submitted evidence in a criminal investigation launched by the US Department of Justice after the 737 crashes, Mr Muilenburg said: "We are fully supporting any government inquiries and providing information". "And it's a time for us to make sure accidents like this never happen again". It's a time to capture learnings.

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