Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pilots sue Boeing over 737 MAX grounding

Pilots sue Boeing over 737 MAX grounding

The company's entire delivery of 302 jets by its commercial division in the first nine months of this year dropped by 47 percent from the corresponding period of 2018, when 568 aircraft were delivered to its customers. Before the crashes, the plane accounted for almost 70% of Boeing's overall commercial aircraft deliveries, and 30% of its total operating profit.

According to SWAPA, the lawsuit says "that SWAPA pilots agreed to fly the 737 MAX aircraft based on Boeing's representations that it was airworthy and essentially the same as the time-tested 737 aircraft that its pilots have flown for years".

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

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Tuesday it is continuing to review software changes to the now grounded Boeing 737 MAX and has no firm date for completing the effort.

Southwest is the biggest U.S. operator of MAX aircraft and the union estimates the plane's grounding has caused the cancellation of 30,000 scheduled flights.

Meanwhile, Boeing's net order tally - including cancellations - was a negative 84 for the first nine months of 2019.

Boeing said it will fight the suit. The two crashes of the Max came within a five-month span beginning last October, leaving hundreds dead.

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"We are very confident in that software solution, and we are now just marching through the final steps on certifying that, so that everybody's confident in the safety of the airplane", he said at a public appearance in NY.

"We do not at this stage have any specific concerns resulting from that assessment that would mean that we could not agree to a coordinated return to service".

European air safety regulators have told their USA counterpart they wants more testing on fixes to the troubled 737 Max flight-control systems before the plane is cleared to re-enter service.

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

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told Reuters News Agency in September that the FAA would need about a month following the yet-to-be-scheduled certification test flight before the planes could return to service. In July, it announced a $4.9 billion after-tax charge to cover compensation it expects to pay airlines in coming years to cover canceled flights.

Among its changes, Boeing is addressing a flaw discovered in the software architecture of the 737 MAX flight-control system that involves using and receiving input from both flight control computers rather than one.

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