Input from whistleblowers underscore the need for reform of FAA product certification oversight, with emphasis on ensuring company-employed experts working on behalf of the agency remain free of undue pressure.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) outlining aircraft-specific parameters for returning the Boeing 737 MAX to service, essentially mandating the same series of measures required by its U.S. counterparts and, in one case, European and Canadian regulators.
Boeing’s plans to increase production and unwind stored inventory on its two largest commercial programs, the 737 MAX and 787, hinge largely on regulatory approvals that the company is confident are coming, but the timing of needed sign-offs remains unclear.
Icelandair is seeking to secure leasing contracts for two more Boeing 737-MAX aircraft, its COO said, as the airline looks forward to a recovery in demand driven by the relaxation of U.S. border restrictions.
Boeing booked 17 widebody orders from unidentified customers among its 53 gross additions in August, including seven for 787-9s, providing a boost during a largely anemic time for long-haul passenger demand.
LATAM Airlines Group is the latest operator in Latin America working to strike a fleet balance and has asked the bankruptcy court overseeing its restructuring to approve the purchase of 28 new Airbus narrowbodies.
The FAA is ordering restrictions for Boeing 737 MAX and some 737 Next Generation models that would prohibit carrying freight in the aft cargo compartment if certain systems not critical for flight are malfunctioning.