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American Airlines Sticks By Boeing 737 MAX CommitmentThe CEO of one of the world’s biggest airlines, American Airlines, is sticking to his guns with their Boeing 737 MAX orders. The airline has 76 MAXs on order, due to join its current fleet of 24 MAXs. But despite the challenges facing Boeing’s MAX program, American Airlines, and the wider aviation industry, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker isn’t planning to defer any 737 MAX deliveries. (simpleflying.com) More...
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Way to go American Airlines! I admire companies that make decisions based on facts rather than the hype stirred up by the "hater media" All these people stating they will not fly a 737 Max is about the same as those who said they were "leaving America if Trump was elected". The media will have something else for these sheep to hate in the near future.
I agree with you. I didn't vote for Trump, but at least as an American citizen I did vote. The media does stretch things a bit. I'll fly on a MAX. I don't care if it's got wings and it gets me there. I'm cool. As a flight attendant I didn't care what I had a pairing on. I'm type rated, it all pays the same to me.
When this plane is allowed to return to service, it'll be the safest aircraft flying. With all of the eyeballs on this, nothing less will be accepted.
Just like the Ford Pinto was the safest car on the road after it received intense scrutiny? The fact is, nothing will ever make the 737 as safe as a modern airliner. It's basic 1960s design lacks the redundancies of its more modern competitors.
Chris Habig, calling out the design age of the 737 airframe as it compares to more modern aircraft redundancies is a false narrative. You can argue about the design limitations of its undercarriage certainly. You can argue that the MAX still ulitlizes hydro-mechanical flight controls. But, neither of these factors are age related; they are and were conscious design choices. Boeing designed the undercarriage for ease of access for smaller airports lacking larger ramp equipment. With the MAX, they could've easily incorporated an all fly by wire flight control equipment. They chose to keep the bulk of the existing hydro-mechanical gear for cost control measures. As for redundancies, all aircraft flying today have multiple redundancies with their flight control systems..as does the MAX. The fact that Beoing failed to have any redundancy with respect to MCAS and the AOA vanes, is a colossal blunder, and not an age related design limitation. PS, the A320 series design dates to the late 1970s...not exactly a modern aircraft design. My point is, modern airframe design hasn't changed all that much since the 1960s(except with the 78u and A350nwithe their carbon fiber fusilages). The 737 airframe is still quite viable in the modern world of aviation...Boeing may have asked it to do too much within the existing design parameters. If you want to argue that point, it's a valid argument.
Boeing could not have added fly-by-wire. The changes required to numerous systems would have resulted in an airframe that could no longer be called a 737, and certainly wouldn't have been certified as a common type. When I speak of 1960s design, I'm speaking about a combination of philosophy and practices. The Airbus 320 series was launched in 1984 as a clean-date design using the most modern technology available at the time. The 737 was launched in 1964, but even then was based on earlier Boeing work dating back to the 1950s and carried forward the limitations associated with that philosophy and technology. So yes, the A320 is a much more modern design than the 737, which really ought to have been retired after the NG in favor of a new clean-sheet design.
Basic planform? Not really. Power? Avionics? It is nothing like its fifty year old grandmother. It was done in by the hubris of its outdated management. Boeing falls victim to lacking pilot skills. Colgan. Pull into the Stall. AF 447? Pull into a wild climbing Stall. Schiphol? Who’s is flying the plane? SFO? Six pilots don’t notice what or who is controlling thrust? These are all heavy state of the Art aircraft, plus a Bombardier. Eliminate the less than stellar pilot errors, then get back to me.