The CEO of Alaska Airways, Ben Minicucci, has launched a video replace on the airline’s plans for the Boeing 737 MAX 9, in mild of the variant’s grounding after one among their flights from Portland misplaced a door plug resulting in speedy depressurization.
He notes that they voluntarily grounded the fleet sort earlier than the federal government did. They’re cancelling 110 – 150 flights per day.
Minicucci, although, makes a few fascinating factors.
- They’re doing their very own inspections of the planes and due to this fact don’t belief Boeing to do them. I reported earlier within the week that airways could be doing their very own oversight inspections, of Boeing 737 factories to assessment productions and high quality procedures.
- Alaska will stay ‘proudly all Boeing’, it’s “a dedication.” However does he understand he’s within the course of of shopping for a closely Airbus fleet from Hawaiian Airways? They haven’t publicly spoken to their plans for Hawaiian’s fleet, although it’s broadly assumed that ultimately the Airbus planes go away (they only completed offloading the Airbus narrowbodies they took on when shopping for Virgin America).
Boeing has main issues. So does Spirit Aerosystems, which produces most of the parts of their planes, it appears. However that, too, is a Boeing drawback. It’s now not doable to paper over these. And airways that purchase and function Boeing plane are going to must tackle higher accountability for security assurance. The Boeing model has been broken.