The FAA issued final paperwork clearing the return to service of 52 Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777-200s operated by United Airlines, ending a grounding that has constrained the carrier’s widebody capacity over the last fifteen months.
Lufthansa has decided to order an additional 10 Boeing widebody freighters for its subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo and is also adding to its 787-9 orderbook as the airline juggles the impact of the further delay in the 777-9 program.
Several global airlines canceled a host of flights to the U.S. to shield their aircraft from potential radio altimeter interference caused by the looming rollout of 5G C-band service across the country.
Boeing is developing a series of nacelle improvements for grounded Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered 777s and wants FAA’s blessing to phase them in as they are finalized, instead of delivering a complete, compliant nacelle structure as required by the agency’s certification rules.
Global regulators and operators moved quickly to minimize the risk of another incident involving a Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777, banning them from airspace or voluntarily pulling them from service while the FAA, Boeing, and Pratt develop immediate inspection parameters.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has reached agreements with Airbus and Boeing to defer the delivery of more than 130 aircraft in its order book past the contracted timeframe and some beyond the immediate five years.
Thai Airways has put a total of 34 aircraft up for sale, including all of its Boeing 747-400, 777-200 and 777-300, as the flag-carrier turns to more fuel-efficient aircraft for the handful of international flights it now operates.
A group of internal FAA experts is reviewing aspects of the Boeing 777X and providing feedback to the team tasked with day-to-day oversight of Boeing’s certification work, jump-starting an effort the agency plans to integrate into its aircraft-approval process, Aviation Week has learned.