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Southwest Is Ending Service to 4 Airports

Airline has been hit hard by Boeing's problems

(Newser) - Delays to delivery of Boeing aircraft have been "very painful," Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan said Thursday after the airline disclosed rising losses in the first quarter of this year. He said the company is "reacting and replanning quickly to mitigate the operational and financial impact."...

At Boeing, 'People Get Promoted by Hustling Parts'

Whistleblower describes employees using scrapped and uninspected components

(Newser) - Another Boeing whistleblower, speaking publicly for the first time, is backing up claims of pressure on employees to "emphasize speed over quality," as the New York Times puts it. Merle Meyers, who spent 30 years with Boeing before departing as a quality manager last year, says the company,...

Whistleblower: Don't Fly on Boeing 787

Sam Salehpour says safety issues are 'as serious as I have ever seen in my lifetime'

(Newser) - Before he was due to testify in front of a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday, Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour gave his first on-camera interview, telling NBC News that all 787 Dreamliners ought to be grounded. Asked whether he would put his family on such a plane, Salehpour said he would not....

Another Boeing Whistleblower Comes Forward

Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour alleges possible safety concerns with the 787

(Newser) - Bad headlines weren't the only thing plaguing Boeing in Q1. Quartz reports the quarter was marked by poor deliveries as well—the company's fewest since 2021. Just 83 planes were delivered to customers over the January to March period, down from 157 in the last quarter of 2023,...

Boeing Airliner Loses Engine Cover at Takeoff

Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Denver

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines jet returned to Denver on Sunday morning after the engine cover fell off and struck the wing flap during takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration reports. The Boeing 737 landed safely, and the passengers headed to Houston were being put onto another aircraft, Southwest said in a statement,...

United Airlines to Pilots: How About Some (Unpaid) Time Off?

Shortage of new Boeing planes is reportedly complicating things

(Newser) - United Airlines is asking its pilots to take time off in May because of delays in receiving new planes that the airline ordered from Boeing, which is struggling with production due to manufacturing problems, the AP reports. A United spokesperson said Monday that the offer is voluntary. "Due to...

Dead Whistleblower's Mom Blames Boeing

'If this hadn't gone on so long, I'd still have my son,' says Vicky Stokes

(Newser) - The mother of Boeing whistleblower John Barnett says she blames his former employer for his death. Barnett, 62, was found dead of an apparent suicide on March 9 while giving evidence in a whistleblower lawsuit against the company that employed him for 32 years. The former quality manager described a...

Embattled Boeing Shakes Up Its Leadership

CEO Dave Calhoun is stepping down at end of the year

(Newser) - A string of Boeing controversies has caught up with CEO Dave Calhoun—he will step down from his role at the end of the year, reports the AP . "The eyes of the world are on us, and I know that we will come through this moment a better company,...

FBI: Airliner's Loss of Panel May Have Been a Crime

Investigation concerns Boeing's deferred prosecution agreement

(Newser) - Boeing skirted criminal liability by reaching a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department three years ago on charges that it had defrauded regulators during the certification process for 737 Max jets. The period much like a probation hasn't quite expired yet, and that could become a problem for...

The Plane Landed. Then Workers Saw the Missing Panel

It's the latest in a string of incidents involving Boeing aircraft, this time in Oregon

(Newser) - A post-flight inspection revealed a missing panel on an older Boeing 737-800 that had just arrived at its destination in southern Oregon on Friday after flying from San Francisco, officials said, the latest in a series of recent incidents involving aircraft manufactured by the company. United Flight 433 left San...

NTSB: Boeing's Video Record of Work on Door Was Erased

Investigators are unable to learn who made repairs to the part that failed

(Newser) - First, Boeing told Congress it can't find any records on repairs made to a door panel before it blew out of an Alaska Airlines plane in flight in January. Now the National Transportation Safety Board has told Congress that security camera footage won't be any help in identifying...

Boeing Whistleblower Found Dead Amid Deposition
Boeing Whistleblower
Apparently Took His Own Life

Boeing Whistleblower Apparently Took His Own Life

John Barnett, who died of an apparent 'self-inflicted' wound, vocalized safety concerns

(Newser) - The brother of a former Boeing employee found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday has issued a family statement to the AP . "John was deeply concerned about the safety of the aircraft and flying public, and had identified some serious defects that he felt were not adequately...

Boeing Supplier Used Dawn Liquid Soap as Lubricant

It's one of the anomalies that turned up in an FAA audit

(Newser) - After a door plug flew off an Alaska Airlines jet, the FAA took a closer look at the Boeing manufacturing process for the 737 Max. The New York Times has details from the six-week audit, which flagged "dozens of problems" at Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems. However, two in...

WSJ: DOJ Now Looking Into Boeing Door Blowout

Investigation may be reviewing whether Boeing complied with previous settlement

(Newser) - The DOJ has launched a criminal investigation into the Boeing jetliner blowout that left a gaping hole on an Alaska Airlines plane this January, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Citing documents and people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said investigators have contacted some passengers and crew—including...

Boeing Tells Congress It Can't Find Records About That Door

Maybe there's no documentation of work on the failed panel, company tells senator

(Newser) - Boeing has acknowledged in a letter to Congress that it cannot find records for work done on a door panel that blew out on an Alaska Airlines flight over Oregon two months ago, the AP reports. "We have looked extensively and have not found any such documentation," Ziad...

FAA Gives Boeing 90 Days to Come Up With Safety Plan
FAA Gives Boeing
a 90-Day Deadline

FAA Gives Boeing a 90-Day Deadline

'Boeing must commit to real and profound improvements'

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration is giving Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for building new planes. The agency said Wednesday that the directive follows meetings with Boeing CEO David Calhoun and other top company officials at FAA headquarters in...

Boeing Removes Head of 737 Max Program

Company announces leadership reshuffle amid safety concerns

(Newser) - The head of Boeing's troubled 737 Max program has been replaced and is leaving the company, Boeing announced Wednesday. Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing's commercial airplane unit, said Ed Clark was removed as part of a leadership reshuffle to ensure "every airplane we deliver meets or exceeds...

NTSB: Bolts Were Missing Before Door Plug Blew Out

Board releases preliminary report on Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 incident

(Newser) - Bolts that helped secure a panel to the frame of a Boeing 737 Max 9 were missing before the panel blew off the Alaska Airlines plane last month, according to accident investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday a preliminary report on the Jan. 5 incident that the lack...

Boeing Laments 'Only Course of Action' After Latest Flub

Deliveries may be delayed after supplier finds faulty drilled holes in fuselage of Max 9 jets

(Newser) - As Boeing tries to stanch the bleeding after a plethora of recent problems , there's a new issue to contend with. An employee with Spirit AeroSystems, which manufactures fuselages for Boeing, made an unsettling discovery last week: badly drilled holes on some of the airplane bodies that Spirit was making,...

Ex-Boeing Employees: Don't Fly on the Max

Safety expert says concerns that arose 5 years ago are 'still there'

(Newser) - Boeing sells merchandise with the phrase, "If it's not Boeing, I'm not going." It's a nod to the company's reputation of old, when it was "known for building the safest, most advanced planes in the sky," per CNN . That reputation has dissolved...

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