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Boeing temporarily suspends 737 MAX flights: Here is what the issue is

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Thu May 11 2017, 1:49 pm
  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    Boeing has temporarily halted test flights of its new 737 MAX aircraft due to issue with the engine, which is jointly made by General Electric and Safran SA of France. Boeing 737 MAX is an American jetliner series that belongs to the fourth generation of the 737 family. Though Boeing has decided to suspend the test flights of 737 MAX, it had previously modified fan diametre and various other changes scheduled for a better performance of the flights.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    The grounding comes days before Boeing was due to deliver its first 737 MAX to an airline and marks a high-profile delay in a program that Boeing had said was ahead of schedule.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    It poses no safety concerns for travelers because no airlines are yet flying the 737 MAX but it could mean a costly disruption if the problem persists. Timely delivery is important to planemakers as they get most of the payment for a plane when it is handed to the buyer.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    The 737 MAX replaces an older version of Boeing's best-selling single-aisle aircraft, a key moneymaker for the aerospace company. The 737 MAX 8, the first version of the plane to be built, seats 162 passengers in a typical two-class configuration. It carries a list price of $110 million but airlines typically receive steep discounts.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    The 737 MAX 8, the first version of the plane to be built, seats 162 passengers in a typical two-class configuration. It carries a list price of $110 million but airlines typically receive steep discounts.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    A delay in getting aircraft to customers likely would cause a build up in Boeing's inventory, "as planes essentially sit waiting for engines," said analyst Rob Stallard at Vertical Research Partners.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    Malaysian carrier Malindo Air was set to receive the first 737 MAX delivery on Monday and use the jet for its Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route from May 19.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    Southwest Airlines Co, the initial customer for the 737 MAX, said Boeing had not warned it of any delays to its delivery schedule. Southwest is expected to begin receiving the jet later in the year after it retires some older 737s.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    The issue arose late last week when Safran found a quality problem in a large metal disc used in the low-pressure turbine at the rear of the engine, said Jamie Jewell, a spokesman for the engine maker, CFM International.(Reuters)

  • Boeing Co, 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling, single-aisle aircraft, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route, Malindo, CFM , Rick Kennedy

    It was not clear how long the inspections would take to complete. Safran received the disc from a supplier but there are other suppliers of that part so production of the engine was continuing, GE spokesman Rick Kennedy said.(Reuters)

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