Published: Tue, June 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boeing Said Open to Changing Name of Grounded 737 Max Jet

Boeing Said Open to Changing Name of Grounded 737 Max Jet

Muilenburg expressed confidence that the Boeing 737 Max would be cleared to fly again later this year by United States and all other global regulators.

Airbus and American Airlines declined comment. Despite acknowledging such risks exist, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined not to ground the fleet.

But this year Boeing is still grappling with the grounding of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft in March after two deadly crashes. The agency took a U-turn and banned the aircraft when the incidents were investigated, after countries moved to impose restrictions on the fleet as it faced mounting pressure from home and overseas.

Another card in the A321XLR's hand: it could open up non-stop flights to and even between smaller cities which couldn't justify larger twin-aisle jets such as the Airbus A330 or Boeing 787 series, and which would otherwise require a stopover.

Walsh, a former 737 pilot, said he would have "no hesitation" in flying on the plane, and voiced confidence in its safety.

These included a $6 billion order for 36 planes from Philippines airline Cebu Air, including 10 of the new long-range A321XLR model that Airbus launched on Monday, and a deal to sell a further 30 A320neo aircraft to Saudi Arabian Airlines, worth $3.3 billion at list prices.

Five months earlier, 189 people were killed when a Boeing 737 Max operated by Lion Air crashed.

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An Airbus A330neo aircraft performs during the inauguration the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France.

Muilenburg forecast a limited number of orders at the Paris event, the first major air show since the crashes, but said it was still important for Boeing to attend to talk to customers and others in the industry.

"Our immediate focus is the safe return of the Max to service and re-earning the trust of airlines and the traveling public", Boeing said in a statement after the interview with Smith.

Along with its alternating-years companion, the Farnborough International Airshow near London, the Paris show is usually a celebration of cutting-edge aviation technology.

If Boeing does change the Max's branding, it would be following a suggestion made two months ago by U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted that the company should "rebrand the plane with a new name".

The "XLR" can seat up to 244 passengers in single-class layout, and will reportedly come with 40 percent more storage volume. Faury said there is strong demand for the plane after unveiling it.

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