Matthew L. Wald, The Washington Post Published 10:00 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet flies over Mesa, Ariz., en route to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport Wednesday afternoon, March 13, 2019. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people. less A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet flies over Mesa, Ariz., en route to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport Wednesday afternoon, March 13, 2019. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. ... more Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 A Southwest … [Read more...] about In aviation, safety comes in numbers. And there are thousands of Boeing 737s.
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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?
By Charles E. KrausKraus lives in Seattle.On Monday, the day after the Boeing 737 Max 8 crash – the model’s second crash in less than five months -- I’m onboard a Southwest 737 that just took off from Seattle.Depending upon which newscast you catch, Southwest owns between 20 and 30 potentially dangerous craft. Fortunately, though, my trip is not on a Max 8. But it might have been. You book a flight, make plans, arrive at the airport and board your flight. I had about an hour to wait before reporting to my gate, and used it to peruse the Southwest clientele seated, standing or in the case of the kids, running around the company’s half a dozen gates. I heard no discussion about the recent accident. Not one word. It is possible that many of those gathered were unaware of Monday’s tragedy? The rest chose not to talk about it -- why stir up anxiety? That’s my theory.I looked around. Who would be willing to board a Max 8, a plane with a recent reputation … [Read more...] about Opinion: Would you fly in a Boeing 737 Max 8?
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