By Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 1, 2019 at 6:10 am | UPDATED: April 1, 2019 at 6:19 am By Dana Hedgpeth and Patricia Sullivan | The Washington Post Several major airlines across the country grounded their planes Monday morning because of an outage with a software system. Greg Martin, a spokesman for the FAA, said the problem was with a system called Aerodata that’s produced by a vendor to track weight and balance of a plane. It’s used in flight planning. Martin said the impact was “minimal” in terms of the number of planes. It affected several airlines, including Southwest, Delta, Jet Blue, according to airline officials. “It was out earlier this morning and it should be back very quickly,” Martin said of the Aerodata system. Delta said in a statement that some of its connecting flights were impacted. “No cancellations are expected due to the issue and our teams are working to resolve some resulting delays,” the Delta statement … [Read more...] about Several major airlines ground planes across US because of software problem
By Boston Herald editorial staff | March 15, 2019 at 1:00 am Sometimes, extreme measures must be taken in the name of public safety. Such is the case this week with the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 jets after two major crashes. As the Herald’s Sean Philip Cotter reported, President Trump announced Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration was banning the airplanes from U.S. airspace and for use by U.S. airlines after the newest version of the 737 was involved in two fatal crashes, including one on Sunday in Ethiopia that killed 157 people. The move has created a logistical challenge for airlines, which have had to find other accommodations for passengers ticketed to fly on those planes. Fortunately, the 737 Max 8 and 9 airplanes account for a small percentage of traffic at Logan International Airport in Boston. According to Massport, that is about 12 flights a day. American, Southwest and United normally fly these planes out of Boston. Still, major adjustments must be … [Read more...] about Grounded planes a necessary inconvenience
"At this time there are no facts on the cause of the accident other than news reports. ... We have full confidence in the aircraft and our crew members, who are the best and most experienced in the industry," American Airlines said in a statement.The Boeing 737 is the world's best-selling commercial aircraft. The 737 Max is the latest version in the 737 aircraft family, which accounts for almost one-third of the company's operating profit, according to Bloomberg.The Ethiopian Airlines crash that claimed the lives of everyone on board, including 22 United Nations staffers, was the second crash of a 737 Max 8 in recent months. There are currently 65 of the aircraft in the U.S. with orders for 548 more from major airlines. Boeing issued a statement Monday saying that an investigation into what caused the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 "is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to … [Read more...] about American and Southwest will still fly Boeing 737 Max as airlines ground planes
Geir Moulson, Associated Press Updated 11:46 pm PST, Monday, February 4, 2019 File--- In this picture taken Jan.9, 2019 an aircraft of German Germania airline is parked at Schoenefeld airport near Berlin. Germania has applied for insolvency. (Bernd Settnik/dpa via AP) File--- In this picture taken Jan.9, 2019 an aircraft of German Germania airline is parked at Schoenefeld airport near Berlin. Germania has applied for insolvency. (Bernd Settnik/dpa via AP) Photo: Bernd Settnik, AP Photo: Bernd Settnik, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 File--- In this picture taken Jan.9, 2019 an aircraft of German Germania airline is parked at Schoenefeld airport near Berlin. Germania has applied for insolvency. (Bernd Settnik/dpa via AP) File--- In this picture taken Jan.9, 2019 an … [Read more...] about German airline Germania files for insolvency, grounds planes
It’s probably just as well there are no economy seats on Singapore Airlines’ newest international service. Why? Because at almost 19 hours, the flight between Singapore and New York will be the longest in the world. Such a lengthy flight would surely leave your body pleading for mercy if you had to endure it in a cattle-class seat, so the airline has opted to fit the plane with luxurious business seats as well as a number of still-not-that-comfortable-sounding premium economy seats. Taking 18 hours and 45 minutes between Singapore’s Changi Airport and Newark Liberty Airport just a short drive from New York City, the service, which starts on October 11, is actually a relaunch after the Asian carrier scrapped the route in 2013 due to running costs. Having deemed it viable again, the carrier is using an Airbus A350-900 ULR (ultra-long range) aircraft with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats for the colossal 10,377-mile (16,700 km) flight. The … [Read more...] about Singapore reclaims longest flight but could you sit on a plane for that long?