The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday — five months after the Lion Air crash of the same type of plane in Indonesia — has raised many questions about the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. There are currently two types of Boeing 737 planes in use around the world that sound similar but are in fact very different aircraft with distinctive technology. The Boeing 737 Max 8, the model involved in the two deadly crashes, is the newer successor to the Boeing 737 Next Generation line of aircraft. Boeing 737 Next Generation (737NG) is the overarching name given to a fleet of aircraft that began production in 1991. It includes the Boeing 737-600, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900 — variations with different seating capacity. The 737NG featured improved fuel capacity, a 25 percent larger wing capacity, and an ability to fly 900 more nautical miles than earlier 737 models. Southwest Airlines was the world's first airline to take delivery in 1997, and … [Read more...] about How is the Boeing 737 Max 8 different from other Boeing 737 airplanes?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | What Passengers Need to Know After the Boeing 737 Max 8 Crash Advertisement Supported by To help worried travelers determine what plane they are scheduled to fly on, and their rights if they choose not to board, we talked to airlines, passenger advocates and insurance experts. ByShannon Sims March 11, 2019 The Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 travelers on Sunday has rattled travelers around the world. Just six months ago, the same model of airplane — a Boeing 737 Max 8, operated by Lion Air — crashed off Indonesia and killed all 189 onboard. While the cause of Sunday’s tragedy remains undetermined, and the investigation into the Lion Air accident is ongoing, several circumstances of these two crashes are similar. The 200-seat Boeing 737 Max 8 has been a popular plane … [Read more...] about What Passengers Need to Know After the Boeing 737 Max 8 Crash
U.S. All 157 passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight departing from Addis Ababa, the nation's capital, to Nairobi, Kenya, were killed when the plane crashed six minutes after taking off Sunday morning. Officials identified the plane as a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that first carried commercial air passengers in 2017. The cause of the crash is unclear, but the disaster marks the second mass-casualty crash involving the MAX 8 aircraft in the last six months; the first incident occurred in October 2018, when an Indonesian Lion Air flight crash killed all 189 people aboard. A link between the two incidents has not been established, authorities cautioned, and both Boeing and government investigators have been dispatched to the scene to investigate. In a statement, the American aircraft manufacturer expressed condolences to the victims' families. Boeing also said a "technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 Max 8: What We Know About Plane Involved in Ethiopian Airline Crash
American Airlines Group pilots want the carrier to offer more training on Boeing’s 737 MAX to better understand new anti-stall software, after a preliminary report on an Indonesia plane crash suggested that aircraft malfunctions left aviators overwhelmed. The Allied Pilots Association (APA) made the request after what the union said was an unprecedented meeting with Boeing officials this week. The manufacturer also met with Southwest Airlines’ pilots union. Both carriers fly the MAX, Boeing’s latest iteration of the popular 737 jetliner. The new model replaced an older version called the next generation, or NG. The APA is asking American “to consider additional days of training for these significant differences in the NG and the MAX,” said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union and a 737 captain at the airline. Boeing is working to bolster confidence in its systems after pilots from American and Southwest said they weren’t informed about a … [Read more...] about American Air pilots seek more training on Boeing 737 MAX after Lion Air crash
Southwest Airlines Co.'s dedication to an all-737 fleet entered a new phase Sunday as the carrier closed out deliveries of one generation of the jet and turned attention to the next. From now on, the airline will receive only 737 Max planes, the latest iteration of the narrow-body aircraft that is Boeing Co.'s largest source of profit. Southwest operates the biggest 737 fleet.Southwest first ordered 63 of Boeing's 737-700s in 1993, serving as the launch customer for the so-called Next Generation model and helping Boeing "move forward with the development of the -700 and -800 programs," Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said. It received the first of the aircraft in December 1997, and now operates 512 of the -700s and 202 -800s."We'll continue to fly these airplanes for many, many years to come," Kelly told employees in a regularly recorded message Monday. But in some ways, he said, the transition marks "the end of an era for this workhorse airplane.''Southwest is already flying about … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines marks end of an era with delivery of last Boeing 737 Next Gen