Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

FAA's assumptions in Boeing 737 Max approval faulted by experts

FAA's assumptions in Boeing 737 Max approval faulted by experts

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Boeing Co BA.N to move quickly to resolve issues with the grounded 737 MAX, noting the planemaker's significant impact on the U.S. economy. But the ratio of delegated tasks changed through the years "as the FAA's confidence in the aircraft design and related risk analyses evolved, including Boeing's ability to manage such elements".

A special panel reviewing how the Federal Aviation Administration certifies aircraft recommended the agency continue delegating some safety reviews to manufacturers, including Boeing, despite criticism over that process following two 737 MAX crashes that killed hundreds of people. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) said they will introduce legislation to strip the company of all or part of its authority to help approve its own aircraft as safe to fly.

Southwest has 34 737 MAX's in its fleet, the most of any airline. It did not disclose when it wanted the deliveries to resume. American Airlines and United Airlines, the other two US carriers that own Maxes, had already dropped the plane from their plans until June.

The company remains in crisis as the grounding of the 737 Max approaches its first anniversary.

Boeing had also announced via a statement on December 17 previous year said that the suspension of the production of the MAX would begin in January 2020.

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Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the huge delay had affected many airlines and their plans for deployment.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that MAB's decision represented another setback for Boeing, which on Tuesday reported its worst annual net orders in decades, along with its lowest number of plane deliveries in 11 years, as the grounding of the 737 MAX saw it fall far behind main competitor Airbus SE.

Southwest said in December that it reached a confidential settlement with Boeing to recover costs of the grounding for a year ago.

Boeing secured 246 new aircraft orders in 2019, but cancellations and conversions left it with just 54 net orders.

Boeing on Tuesday reported a net negative of 183 orders for the 737 MAX past year, including cancelations, but many were associated with the collapse of a major customer, India's Jet Airways Ltd.

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