Airlines are scrambling to book time in 737 Max training facilities as far afield as Fiji, Iceland, and Panama, operators said, after Boeing recommended pilots be trained in one of the few simulators replicating the latest model.
Aviation executives are increasingly worried that a widening split between the US and Europe will extend the grounding of Boeing’s 737-Max jet, sowing confusion and fear as regulators work to approve the resumption of commercial flights after two deadly crashes.
Norwegian Air flights from Cork and Shannon to the US east coast are now unlikely to return for the entire summer schedule, an MEP has claimed, as the firm admitted it is unlikely to return to profitability this year.
Boeing delivered a record 806 aircraft in 2018 to retain the title of the world’s biggest plane maker for the seventh straight year, but missed its full-year target of 810-815 deliveries due to supplier woes that delayed shipments.
Boeing is nearing a $4 billion (€3.53bn) deal with Russia’s largest air-freight company that would help extend the life of the iconic, hump-nosed 747 jumbo jet amid waning demand for four-engine aircraft, people close to the transaction said.