Canceled flights, swapped planes: How Boeing 737 Max's grounding hits airlines and passengers as summer vacations loom

ST. LOUIS, Mo., - Boeing won't say when it expects its 737 Max to fly again, after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. But the toll on passengers and the nation's air travel system - with the summer travel season around the corner - is becoming more evident as airlines report their earnings, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Boeing says 737 deliveries are rebounding
Boeing says 737 deliveries are rebounding
ST. LOUIS, Mo., - Boeing won't say when it expects its 737 Max to fly again, after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. But the toll on passengers and the nation's air travel system - with the summer travel season around the corner - is becoming more evident as airlines report their earnings, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

April 26, 2019-Regarding the software fix to the MAX and the plane taking back to the skies, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz commented "We're all guessing."

The first meeting of the Boeing 737 MAX Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) will take place on April 29. JATR was established earlier this month after a March 737 MAX crashed in Ethiopia months after a similar disaster in the same aircraft model killed all those on board in a flight originating from Indonesia. The work of the JATR group is expected to take approximately 90 days.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is the FAA's parent organization, recently announced the members of the committee reviewing the agency's aircraft certification process. The members include: Amy Pritchett, the head of Pennsylvania State University's Department of Aerospace Engineering; Gretchen Haskins, the CEO of HeliOffshore; Kenneth Hylander, the chief safety officer of Amtrak; and David Grizzle, the chairman of Republic Airways' board and former FAA Air Traffic Organization chief operating officer.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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