Renaming 737 MAX off the table for Southwest

Renaming 737 MAX off the table for Southwest

Southwest Airlines will not be renaming the 737 MAX once the type returns to service, the airline has announced. The announcement comes as the Dallas-based airline recently extended cancellations of MAX-operated flights until at least 5 January 2020, amid uncertainty over when the Boeing aircraft will be allowed to fly again. Some airlines — most notably Ryanair — have opted to rebrand their MAX aircraft in an effort to distance themselves from the negative reputation…

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Boeing announces $3bn losses amid 737 MAX crisis

Boeing announces $3bn losses amid 737 MAX crisis

Yesterday, Boeing posted the largest loss in its history, with the American manufacturer losing an adjusted $3.7bn (£2.96bn) in the second quarter ending June. The loss comes as the 737 MAX approaches its fifth month of worldwide grounding, following two crashes which killed hundreds of people, the cause of both being attributed to the MAX’s MCAS anti-stalling software. The earnings call highlighted the impact to Boeing of the MAX grounding, as the company reported losses…

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American Airlines extends cancellation of 737 MAX until November

American Airlines extends cancellation of 737 MAX until November

American Airlines has, for the fourth time, decided to extend cancellations on flights operating the Boeing 737 MAX. The airline announced on Sunday that about 115 flights would be affected daily into early November as groundings of the Boeing jet continue across the US. American Airlines is currently the second-largest MAX operator in the United States and had planned to reintroduce the aircraft into its schedule in early September, though that has now been extended…

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PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

The Paris Air Show kicked off this week with Airbus’ announcement of the A321XLR. The aircraft, which has a range of 4,700nm (8,704km), has raked in hundreds of orders since, with customers including IAG, American Airlines, and Qantas. IAG kicked off by announcing that it would be placing an order for 14 A321XLR. The deal includes eight for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus, with options for a further 14. The twinjets will allow Aer Lingus – already…

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Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus has confirmed that it will be able to offer Qantas both A350 variants to enable its “Project Sunrise” nonstop flights between Sydney and London. Qantas is currently evaluating the A350 as well as the Boeing 777-8 to meet its distance requirement on nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. The longest flight currently operated by the A350 is Singapore Airline’s Singapore – Newark route, making use of the -900ULR on…

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Air New Zealand orders eight 787-10s

Air New Zealand orders eight 787-10s

Air New Zealand has announced its commitment for eight Boeing 787-10 aircraft in a deal valued at $2.7 bn (£2.1 bn). The new Dreamliner aircraft, powered by GE GEnx-1B engines, are set to replace the airline’s ageing fleet of 777-200ER aircraft, which are expected to be retired from service by 2025. Air New Zealand currently has 14 787-9s in its fleet, with deliveries of the larger -10 to start in 2022. In a statement, Air New Zealand…

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Ryanair profits take 29% hit amid falling ticket prices

Ryanair profits take 29% hit amid falling ticket prices

Ryanair’s full-year profit fell by almost one-third as short-haul capacity growth led to a decline in ticket prices, the airline announced this week. Profits in the year ending 31 March were at €1.02bn (£898.7m), 29 per cent lower than the previous year, the Dublin-based carrier said in an earnings statement. In the statement, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “As previously guided, Ryanair reports a full year after tax profit of €1.02bn (£898.7m), excluding Lauda. Short-haul…

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BA to complete heritage livery set with Negus design

BA to complete heritage livery set with Negus design

British Airways revealed Thursday the fourth and final design in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary – a Boeing 747-400 painted in the Negus design. G-CIVB entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport last Saturday where it is being repainted with the first version of the Negus livery which adorned the British Airways fleet from 1974-1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA which formed the airline known today….

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FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in United States airspace as of immediate effect. The move follows an emergency order issued by President Donald Trump to ground the aircraft following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, which killed all 157 people on board. The disaster was the second in five months to involve Boeing’s latest generation 737 aircraft. The FAA had previously held…

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EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in EU airspace. The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX 8 model in less than five months. The move follows similar steps by regulators in several European and Asian countries and airlines in Brazil and Mexico….

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