United Airlines has announced it is moving its 14 Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft to desert storage in Goodyear, AZ (near Phoenix).
The move should be completed by mid September.
United previously cancelled all revenue flights of the type in its schedule through November 3 (now extended to December 19). This is likely to be extended as the type remains grounded (except for ferry flights).
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“United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz on Thursday said he’s under no assumption that all passengers will feel comfortable flying on a Boeing 737 MAX plane anytime soon.”
“We will be incredibly communicative to all our customers and very transparent when that aircraft comes back,” Munoz told CNBC’s Phil LeBeau at New York’s LaGuardia airport, where the carrier is opening up a new terminal. Munoz added, “The first and foremost objective is to not assume everyone will want to fly, or assume everyone will get over it.”
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United Airlines has announced it will extend all cancellations in its schedule of the Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 through August 9.
The company has grounded its 14 MAX 9s which translates to about 40-45 cancelled flights on a daily basis.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz stated at the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday he will be on the first revenue flight once his fleet of Boeing 737-9 MAX 9s are cleared again by the regulators.
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346 people have died in two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N47517 (msn 43456) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 946583.
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United Airlines expects Boeing Co’s grounded 737 MAX jets to return to service this summer, with deliveries resuming before the end of the year, an executive said on Wednesday, reassuring investors concerned about a prolonged suspension.
The 737 MAX was grounded worldwide in March following two fatal crashes, forcing Boeing to freeze deliveries. Boeing is under pressure to upgrade the software and convince global regulators that the plane is safe to fly again, a process expected to take at least 90 days.
Chicago-based United, which is part of United Continental Holdings Inc, removed its 14 MAX aircraft from its flying schedule through early July, while U.S. competitors that own the MAX have planned their flying schedules without the aircraft into August.
United has another 16 MAX orders scheduled for delivery this year.
“The aircraft scheduled for delivery this year, we would expect to take this year,” Chief Financial Officer Gerald Laderman said on a first-quarter conference call.
Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N37502 (msn 43431) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945353.
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Top Copyright Photo: Copa Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 HP-9901CMP (msn 44161) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945780.
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Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N37507 (msn 43437) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 944335.
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Thai Lion Air, which was already banned from flying to China, Singapore and Australia with its MAX aircraft, has made this decision today:
Top Copyright Photo: Lion Air (Thai) (Lion Group) Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N739EX (HS-LSK) (msn 42989) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939272.
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Europe is now closed to all Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 and Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 operations. EASA has issued this statement:
Following the tragic accident of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of passengers.
As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today (March 12) an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX airplanes in Europe. In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.
The accident investigation is led by the Ethiopian Authorities with the support of the National Transportation Safety Board, as the aircraft was designed and built in the United States. EASA has offered their assistance in supporting the accident investigation.
EASA is continuously analysing the data as it becomes available. The accident investigation is currently ongoing, and it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident.
Turkish Airlines on March 1, 2019 quietly took delivery of TC-LYA (msn 60062), its first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9.
Turkish Airlines previously finalized a firm order for 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800 jets.
Top Copyright Photo: The second MAX 9 is the pictured TC-LYB: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 TC-LYB (msn 60063) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 945884.
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