Boeing executives apologise over deadly air crashes

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2019

A total of 346 people were killed. Adding more to the distress is zero orders for the aircraft.

So far, the Paris Air Show has seen Middle East companies sign major deals.

"We'll get it back in the air when it's safe - that is the most important thing here", Muilenburg said.

Smith said Boeing is committed to doing what is required to restore it. "If it doesn't, we'll address whatever is a high priority", he added.

Boeing admitted engineers realised within months of the plane's 2017 debut that the sensor warning light only worked when paired with a separate, optional feature but did not report the issue for more than a year after the crash in Indonesia.

While the launch itself comes as no surprise, the European plane maker is now set to break records at the airshow in a major blow to its USA rival Boeing when it comes to mid-market aircraft.

Meanwhile, Boeing is delaying decisions on the launch of a possible new aircraft, the mid-sized NMA, to give full attention to the 737 MAX, industry sources said. US President Donald Trump had earlier tweeted that the company should "rebrand the plane with a new name". It's worth remembering it is the fastest selling product in Boeing's history. Travel agents used to caution passengers that they book flights on other aircraft.

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But with passenger traffic slowing this year, the atmosphere at the fair, where arch-rivals Boeing and Airbus usually vie for aircraft orders, was markedly less self-congratulatory than in recent years.

It is expected to confirm up to 200 orders for the new model, the A321XLR, at the show this week, according to Reuters. A grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger plane of the Norwegian low-priced airline Norwegian is parked at the tarmac at Vantaa airport in Vantaa near Helsinki, Finland on March 13, 2019.

Boeing in particular is suffering after the grounding of its MAX 737 aircraft in March following two deadly crashes.

The world's aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after the two 737 Max crashes.

Boeing made mistakes in its handling of an alert system on the company's 737 MAX planes and communicating the problem to authorities, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said at the world's biggest air show in Paris on Sunday.

Macron then toured the vast exhibition halls at Le Bourget, where dozens of companies are touting their efforts to make flying cleaner amid criticism of airlines' carbon emissions.

Airbus said that "following the very positive feedback from the market, Airbus has launched the A321XLR to complement its best-selling A321neo Family".

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