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

New safety fears for Boeing with Dreamliner

New safety fears for Boeing with Dreamliner

The airliner, set to be rolled out in 2023, has an "unprecedented" long range of up to 4,700nm (nautical miles), Airbus said.

Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation announced its letter of intent for a total of 100 Airbus aircraft on the first day of the Paris Air Show.

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 was seeing lacklustre contracts at the Paris Air Show today as it tried to win back trust from customers after the crashes of two 737 Max jets.

Airbus launched a long-range version of its A321neo jet at the Paris Airshow on Monday, aiming to carve out new routes for airlines with smaller planes and steal a march on rival Boeing's plans for a possible new mid-market jet.

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.

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The Airbus deals put American aerospace giant Boeing on the back foot at the show, a key industry get-together where companies usually announce a spree of major commercial agreements.

Asked how the procedures failed to capture apparent flaws in MCAS control software and sensor architecture, Mr Muilenburg said: "Clearly, we can make improvements, and we understand that and we will make those improvements".

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

Airbus said on Monday that the plane's additional range, which opens up routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, would allow airlines to operate a single-aisle aircraft on intercontinental journeys that are only now possible on larger and less fuel-efficient wide-body planes.

Airbus will fit the A321XLR with the same Airspace cabin as the twin-aisle A330neo and A350 jets - a package combining a quieter cabin, LED lighting and larger overhead storage bins. The current A321neo has a list price of $129.5 million. "It is a pivotal moment for all of us", McAllister added. Airbus is focused on convincing regulators and passengers to embrace the pilotless planes the company can already build. "Technology-wise, we don't see a hurdle", he said - it's merely a matter of "perception in the traveling public" and getting the regulators' go-ahead.

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