"We are very sorry"-Boeing division CEO apologizes for 737 Max deaths"

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2019

The news is another headache for Boeing as it continues to grapple with the grounding of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft in March after two deadly crashes.

It also eats into a range category targeted by a possible mid-market twin-aisle jet - the NMA - under review by Boeing.

It is the newest version of Boeing's best-selling plane, and was a direct response to Airbus' fuel-efficient A320neo.

He also announced that Boeing was raising its long-term forecast for global plane demand, notably amid sustained growth in Asia. It also cited high jet fuel costs, which it said could exceed last year's figure by €550 million, despite a recent fall in crude oil prices.

Airbus said on Monday that the plane's additional range, which opens up routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, would allow airlines to operate a single-aisle aircraft on intercontinental journeys that are only now possible on larger and less fuel-efficient wide-body planes. "This will enable operators to open new world-wide routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia".

At the height of the scandal surrounding two fatal 737 MAX crashes - and just as the company CEO admitted they had made a "mistake" by not properly informing both customers and regulators about the known issue - Reuters has learned that Boeing seeks to cut hours of airborne tests of the 777X during the year-long flight trials.

Another 737 Max 8, operated by Lion Air, crashed into the Java Sea on October 29 shortly after liftoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

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Speaking on Sunday before the Paris Air Show, Muilenburg told reporters that Boeing engineers learned in 2017 that a warning light in the cockpit of its top-selling Max, created to alert pilots when the two angle-of-attack sensors disagreed, didn't work as intended. "It is a pivotal moment for all of us", McAllister added.

"This is the most trying of times", Boeing's McAllister told a press briefing. It's a time to be introspective.

Airbus said there is now an order book for more than 500 A220s.

But there is a debate over whether passengers will enjoy flying longer distances in medium-haul planes. "It's a time for us to make sure that accidents like this never happen again".

Pilot Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union that represents American Airlines pilot, the Allied Pilots Association, said it's good Muilenburg was willing to revisit the cockpit alert problem and to acknowledge Boeing mishandled conveying information.

Gulf airline Emirates has said it expects the first plane in June 2020.

Boeing's Muilenburg on Sunday said the A321XLR would only " scratch an edge" of the market segment targeted by the NMA.

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