Published: Tue, June 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem

CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem

The Federal Aviation Administration has reportedly informed Boeing it will soon begin flight trials of the software update meant to fix the issues with the Max jet.

Boeing and the FAA said the warning light was not critical for flight safety.

The worldwide grounding in March of Boeing's fast-selling aircraft followed a crash in Indonesia and another in Ethiopia that triggered one of the worst crises in the company's more than 100-year history.

Boeing president, chief executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said he expects the jet to fly commercially again this year.

Pilots also expressed anger that Boeing did not inform them about the new software that was implicated in the fatal crashes.

Muilenburg expressed confidence that the Boeing 737 Max would be cleared to fly again later this year by U.S. and all other global regulators.

He said the company would "take the time necessary" to ensure the MAX was safe. A total of 346 people were killed in the disasters.

Muilenburg referred to a cockpit warning light created to alert pilots when two sensors on the plane's wings disagreed about the aircraft's angle of attack.

Investigators noted that in both cases, the planes kept pushing their noses down despite the pilots' efforts to correct it.

Boeing told the FAA of what it learned in 2017 after the Indonesia crash in October.

Mr Muilenburg said restoring trust in the MAX was Boeing's top priority ahead of an upgraded 777 and work on its upcoming NMA long-range jet.

The European manufacturer unveiled the A321XLR, a long-haul version of the A321neo that competes with Boeing's grounded 737 Max.

Two-pilot cockpits have been the norm in commercial aviation for decades, and many airlines made the setup mandatory after a 2015 crash in which a Germanwings pilot flew an Airbus A320 into a mountain. Along with its alternating-years companion, the Farnborough International Airshow near London, the Paris show is usually a celebration of cutting-edge aviation technology.

The German airline forecast EBIT of between €2-2.4 billion ($2.2-2.7 billion), compared with the previously targeted €2.4-3 billion. By moving first, Airbus has put pressure on Boeing to respond or risk handing over a large chunk of a segment it once controlled with its 757 and 767 planes.

When it comes to autonomous passenger jets, safety is an obvious concern.

"The A321XLR has been created to maximize overall commonality with the A321LR and the rest of the A320neo Family, while introducing minimal changes needed to give the aircraft an Xtra Long Range with increased revenue payload", Airbus says in an official press release.

The order announced in Paris is part of a bigger deal with Airbus.

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