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Boeing reinforces safety focus in open letter to airlines, passengers and the community
March 19, 2019
Boeing chairman, president and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg has released an open letter reinforcing the company’s commitment to safety, as most of the global fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft enters its second week of groundings.

We’ve been working in full cooperation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board on all issues relating to both the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines accidents since the Lion Air accident occurred in October last year,” says Muilenburg.

In his letter, Muilenberg also reiterated that a software update and related pilot training for the Max will be released soon, which “will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident.


Ethiopian 737 flight data shows 'similarities' to Lion Air crash
March 18, 2019
Data retrieved from the recently crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 shows "clear similarities" with the October 2018 crash of a Lion Air aircraft, according to the Ethiopian transport minister The recorder is "in a good condition that enabled us to extract almost all the data inside", the ministry added.

The flight data recorders were shipped in recent days to France for review. Investigators have said the Lion Air jetliner crashed after the pilots were unable to arrest a descent initiated by software new to the 737 Max, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).


Boeing stops 737 Max deliveries in wake of grounding
March 15, 2019
Boeing has halted deliveries of Boeing 737 Max in response to the global grounding of the aircraft, the company says.

"Boeing has paused delivery of 737 Max airplanes due to the temporary grounding," Boeing said in a statement. "We continue to build 737 Max airplanes, while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system."

"There has been no change in production rate at this time, but we continue to work through production decisions," Boeing adds.

The move comes in a year Boeing had hoped to boost 737 production from 52 to 57 aircraft monthly


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