The Meeting was held behind closed doors at Dallas Fort Worth airport. 27. November 2018, had summoned the pilot Union of American Airlines more representatives of Boeing to report in a windowless room.

the crash of Lion Air flight 610, with 189 dead four weeks earlier, the pilots had to know of the existence of the trim automatic MCAS. This new Software is intended to prevent an excessive climb angle and the impending stall. American Airlines, with more than 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 is delivered to the largest customers of this type of aircraft.


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Boeing participated in the Meeting, head of development, Mike Sinnett, test pilot Craig bombs, and the group lobbyist, John Moloney. On the other side of the table representatives and Michael Michaelis, the flight captain and safety expert of American Airlines, sat in the Union. He demanded, “Boeing to obtain the F. A. A. is an urgent airworthiness Directive,” writes the New York Times. The aviation authority in Washington should, if necessary, impose a flight ban.

However, according to the tape Protocol, from which the newspaper quoted, rejected the Boeing representative for the proposal. The role of the MCAS Software, it is not clear in the crash of the 737 MAX in Indonesia sufficiently. Sinnett admitted however, “that the manufacturer evaluated a potential design flaw of the aircraft, including the new trim Software.”

The second disaster

The one-hour conversation must have taken place in a pretty relaxed atmosphere. The pilots complained that they were informed about the installation of the MCAS Software, the new air MAX series that works in the Background of the witnesses, re-training or familiarized. “I would think that it is a matter of course, to explain to us things, which can be fatal”, said the Pilot Todd Wissing from the crisis conversation.


Mike Sinnett, Boeing’s Vice President of Product Strategy, at a press meeting in Renton in the Bundetstaat Washington

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At the end of the cut and thrust of a trade Union asked representatives whether the aircraft manufacturers have the Situation under control before a Software Update implemented. “Definitely,” said Sinnett. But he also said: “you have to understand that our commitment to safety is just as big as her. The worst thing that can ever happen, is a tragedy such as this, and the worst of All would be another.”

three months after the Meeting in Dallas, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 of Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff in Addis Ababa. All 157 people on Board, arrived at 10. March 2019 killed. Three days later, the world-wide flight ban was for the 371 delivered Jets of this type of aircraft is imposed.

High additional costs for Airlines

According to a report by the “Wall Street Journal” is expected to be extended to the three-month limited ban on flights. The revised programs must be approved by the aviation authorities, in the on the ground, the Jets implemented and the pilots are trained. Before the middle of August, these machines were not operational.

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The affected Airlines will not be able to fly in the main season in the summer of 2019 with these machines, probably. This is true in Europe, among other things, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Icelandair and Tui Travel.

The holiday airline said that the lease must be extended contracts for Replacement equipment for the remainder of the summer, should not be allowed to withdraw their Boeing aircraft type 737 Max by the end of may. The group expects additional costs in the amount of 300 million euros, caused by the Grounding.

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