Saturday, April 17, 2021
Problems with a crash plane again
New 737-Max problem bigger than expected
Last week, Boeing instructed several airlines not to continue operating the 737 Max crisis jet. The reason is an electrical problem. Now it is clear: the defect affects several areas of the cabin.
Boeing’s problem with the electricity of the 737 Max aircraft, which recently led to the withdrawal of service from several aircraft, is more far-reaching than initially assumed. Causal production defects affect components in various areas of the cabin, as confirmed by Airbus rival. Boeing is currently collaborating with airlines interested in the proposed solutions to present them to the US aviation authority FAA.
One week ago, the aircraft manufacturer warned 16 customers of a possible defect and advised them to suspend operation of certain versions of the 737 Max until possible defects in the power system could be ruled out. As a precaution, U.S. airlines removed dozens of aircraft from the flight schedule. No solution has been found yet: at the moment, when the planes can take off again, it is still unclear for now.
The 737 Max is Boeing’s best-selling model and a major profit maker. After two crashes with 346 deaths, the series was banned from flying for about 20 months and was not allowed to return to US operations until November. The cause of the accidents was considered to be faulty control software. The current problems are unrelated, Boeing says. In view of the tragic story, the focus is especially on the model.
The fact that problems with the electricity of numerous 737-Max machines are more extensive than initially thought, was first reported on Friday by the specialized magazine “Aviation Week”. As a result, about 460 jets are affected, but only 89 have been delivered to customers. Boeing has numerous machines in stock that were produced during the non-flying period, but have not yet been delivered. New defects could slow deliveries again.
The financial news agency Bloomberg reported, citing start-ups, that the solution to the problem should be neither a time nor a complication. Once the FAA approves Boeing’s plans, the work should not take more than a few days by plane, according to the report. Investors reacted with relative calm at first, Boeing shares suffered a little more pressure in recent US operations, but eventually only closed slightly in the red.