Saturday, December 08, 2018

'Our airplanes are safe,' says Boeing

Jakarta/Seattle: The aviation authorities in Indonesia and India pushed for more simulator training for Boeing's 737 MAX pilots, following the deadly Lion Air crash, while the world's largest airplane maker reiterated that its top-selling jetliner was safe.

Boeing's chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg told a CNBC interviewer on Thursday that he was "very confident" in the safety of the 737 Max, the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades.

"We know our airplanes are safe," he said. "We have not changed our design philosophy."
Mr Muilenburg's comments came the same day that India's aviation regulator said 737 MAX pilots should be trained on a simulator that replicates the suspected scenario that led to the crash, while Indonesia's Transport Ministry said it would immediately impose new requirements for simulator training.

Also on Thursday, Lion Air confirmed an earlier Reuters report that it was considering cancelling 737 MAX orders after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea on Oct 29, killing all 189 people on board.

Lion Air, a privately owned budget airline, has 190 Boeing jets worth US$22 billion (S$30 billion) at list prices waiting to be delivered, on top of 197 already taken, making it one of the largest US export customers.

Other MAX customers, including large US carriers, have reiterated that they are confident in the plane.
08/12/18 Straits Times

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