737 MAX Recovering, But Production-Rate Target Ambitious, Analyst Says

By Sean Broderick Mar 05, 2021
Boeing’s 737 MAX program recovery is hitting its marks as airlines work more of the narrowbody twins back into fleets and deliveries ramp up, but the macro demand picture likely will not support the company’s current production-rate outlook, a Canaccord Genuity analysis said. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

China Still Cautious About Recertifying 737 MAX

By Chen Chuanren Mar 02, 2021
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is still yet to begin recertifying the Boeing 737 MAX, saying that major safety concerns raised have “not been fully met.” 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Australia Becomes Latest Country To Approve MAX Flights

By Adrian Schofield Mar 01, 2021
Australia’s aviation safety regulator has cleared Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly in the country’s airspace, although it is unclear when any airlines will actually resume MAX operations there.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Czech Carrier Smartwings Resumes 737 MAX Operations

By Victoria Moores Feb 26, 2021
Czech charter carrier Smartwings has performed its first commercial Boeing 737 MAX flight in 23 months, operating a return debut service between Prague and Málaga, Spain on Feb. 25.
Airlines & Lessors

India Boeing 737 Fin Work Will Add To China, South Korea Production

By Guy Norris Feb 19, 2021
Boeing says that its recently completed deal with Tata-Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) to build 737 vertical fins in India will augment rather than replace existing fin production in China and South Korea.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Korean Air Looks To Defer All 2021 Aircraft Deliveries | 大韓航空、2021年の新造機デリバリーを延期か

Feb 14, 2021
Air Transport & MRO

Boeing’s January Deliveries Included 20 Stored 737 MAXs, Analysis Shows

By Sean Broderick Feb 12, 2021
Boeing delivered 20 long-idled 737 MAXs from its stored backlog to customers in January and one from its production line, an Aviation Week analysis shows.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Copa Expects To Take Delivery Of 13 737 Max Jets Through 2022

By Lori Ranson Feb 11, 2021
Panama’s Copa Airlines has a steady stream of Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft scheduled during the next couple years and has not seen any passenger pushback on the MAX aircraft it has in operation.
Airlines & Lessors

Korean Air Looks To Defer All 2021 Aircraft Deliveries

By Adrian Schofield Feb 10, 2021
Korean Air plans to reduce its passenger fleet again this year by delaying scheduled deliveries and returning some aircraft to lessors.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Ethiopian Airlines To Stick With Boeing 737 MAX

By Jens Flottau Feb 10, 2021
Ethiopian Airlines has decided to continue operating the Boeing 737 MAX and now plans to return the aircraft to service in July. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Icelandair Expects To Resume 737 MAX Operations This Spring

By Kurt Hofmann Feb 09, 2021
Icelandair will be ready to reintroduce its six Boeing 737 MAX once extensive updates and pilot training are completed. 
Airlines & Lessors

Smartwings Plans First 737 MAX Route In Europe Since Recertification

By David Casey Feb 08, 2021
Czech carrier Smartwings is set to become the first airline to operate the Boeing 737 MAX on a scheduled route in Europe since EASA gave its approval for the aircraft’s return to service.
Airports & Routes

Tata Boeing To Build 737 Vertical Fins In India

By Guy Ferneyhough Feb 06, 2021
Boeing’s Indian joint venture Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited is set to start manufacturing vertical fin structures for 737 family aircraft at its site in Hyderabad.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Pushes 737-10 Debut To 2023

By Sean Broderick Feb 02, 2021
Boeing’s updated 737-10 program timeline sees first deliveries in 2023, giving it about two years to develop changes agreed to as part of regulatory reviews of the narrowbody program. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Ryanair Sees $1B-Plus Annual Loss Before Summer Recovery

By Helen Massy-Beresford Feb 01, 2021
Ryanair said it expected to make a full-year net loss of as much as €950 million ($1.1 billion) in the most challenging year in its history, but sounded an optimistic note about a summer recovery as vaccines are rolled out across Europe.
Airlines & Lessors

UK Regulator Lifts Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

By Alan Dron Jan 29, 2021
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has joined other global regulators in approving the return to service (RTS) of the Boeing 737 MAX. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Podcast: Suddenly, The MAX Is Boeing’s Good News

Jan 29, 2021
As Europe clears the MAX's return, 777X and 787 woes cap a horrible year and record loss for Boeing. Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss on Check 6.
Air Transport

American Airlines Plans Leaner Business Following Pandemic

By Ben Goldstein Jan 28, 2021
Executives at American Airlines are confident that moves made last year to streamline the carrier’s fleet and headcount will reap big gains once demand picks up, although the timing of a recovery remains uncertain.
Airlines & Lessors

EASA Details Next 737 MAX Changes; Boeing Ramps Up Deliveries

By Sean Broderick Jan 27, 2021
Background provided by EASA on its formal Boeing 737 MAX return-to-service (RTS) approval sheds light on future changes on tap for the narrowbody family.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing Signals Further Costly Delays To 777X

By Guy Norris Jan 27, 2021
Boeing has pushed back first deliveries of the 777X by an additional year to the end of 2023 after disclosing the need for a late flight control system-related modification driven by stiffer certification requirements in the wake of the 737 MAX experience.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Canada’s Flair Airlines To Lease 13 737 MAX 8s

By Ben Goldstein Jan 27, 2021
Canadian ULCC Flair Airlines announced an agreement to lease 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, as it looks to grow its fleet while bringing down fares in the domestic air travel market. 
Airlines & Lessors

European Regulator EASA Ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

By Jens Flottau Jan 27, 2021
EASA has become the latest regulator to lift the flight ban of the Boeing 737 MAX, issuing a corresponding airworthiness directive (AD) on Jan. 27.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Flydubai Expands Further In Europe; Return Date For 737 MAX Uncertain

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 26, 2021
Flydubai is expanding its operations in Europe, adding Malta and Salzburg to its network, as well as resuming flights to the Italian cities of Catania and Naples.
Airports & Routes

WestJet Flight Marks 737 MAX’s Return In Canada

By Sean Broderick Jan 21, 2021
WestJet re-launched Boeing 737-8 services with a routine flight from Calgary to Vancouver Jan. 21, becoming the first Canadian carrier to operate a 737 MAX-family aircraft following a 20-month global grounding. 
Airlines & Lessors

FAA Order Targets 737-9s Missing Sealant On Wing Part

By Sean Broderick Jan 19, 2021
The FAA has flagged a subset of Boeing MAX-family aircraft as needing post-production re-work after the manufacturer discovered a sealant was not applied to certain components during manufacturing.
Safety, Ops & Regulation