Published: Wed, October 09, 2019

Boeing gets first 737 Max order since crash

Boeing gets first 737 Max order since crash

Governments and airlines around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts since March after two crashes within six months of each other - in October 2018 and March 2019 - that killed a total of 346 people.

The company said on Tuesday that an unidentified business jet customer had ordered one 737 MAX jet. Boeing claimed the aircraft was "airworthy" and the same as the 737 pilots had flown for years but that representation was false, SWAPA wrote.

"It said Boeing's representations caused SWAPA to believe the 737 MAX was safe and that it was to its members" advantage to agree to fly the plane.

Pilots at Southwest Airlines are suing Boeing for loss of wages totaling $US100 million as a result of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding.

The president of the pilots' union said in an interview that the lawsuit followed failed negotiations with Boeing over compensation for more than $100 million in income that pilots have lost due to canceled flights.

In the complaint, which was filed in Dallas County, Texas, the union said Boeing made a "calculated" decision to "rush" the aircraft to the market and in doing so ignored design and engineering practices.

Southwest, with around 10,000 pilots represented by SWAPA, had 41 more MAX jets on order for this year alone.

The crashes forced Boeing to undergo a rocky recertification process for the plane, and pushed the Federal Aviation Administration to review its process for approving planes for flight.

Capt. Weaks said it was critical that Boeing took whatever time was necessary to return the plane to service.

Boeing has trimmed production of the plane and been forced to store hundreds of new aircraft that can not be delivered.

Boeing had initially scheduled the plane to re-enter service at the end of August but disagreements over software details, centered on how the plane's dual flight-control computers are now meant to start working together, have put that date back to at least the end of November.

Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, has 4,930 737 MAX planes on order, but has only delivered 387 of them so far.

In both crashes, pilots had difficulty controlling the plane once the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) anti-stall handling system was activated, according to preliminary investigations.

By the end of the year, Southwest Airlines passenger service will have been reduced by about 8% because of the MAX grounding, pilot income is based in part on the number of hours pilots fly.

Southwest Airlines 737 MAX aircraft at Victorville, California.

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