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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing Co that its planned 777X is not yet ready for a significant certification step and warned it "realistically" will not certify the airplane until mid- to late 2023.
The FAA in a May 13 letter to Boeing seen by Reuters cited a number of issues in rejecting a request by the manufacturer to issue a Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) Readiness. "The aircraft is not yet ready for TIA," the FAA wrote.
The letter cites numerous concerns about lack of data and the lack of a preliminary safety assessment for the FAA to review.
“The FAA will not approve any aircraft unless it meets our safety and certification standards," the agency said in a statement Sunday.
Boeing has been developing the wide-body jet, a new version of its popular 777 aircraft, since 2013 and at one expected to release it for airline use in 2020.
The 777X will be the first major jet to be certified since software flaws in two Boeing 737 MAX planes caused fatal crashes and prompted accusations of cozy relations between the company and FAA.
European regulators have said in particular that they will subject the 777X to extra scrutiny after the fatal crashes prompted the 20-month grounding of the 737 MAX.
The MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people within five months in 2018 and 2019.
The letter cites a number of issues that still need to be addressed, including an "upcoming major software update with the software load of flight control... The FAA understands that there are many significant problem report items that will be addressed by that version of the software load, including the software fix for the un-commanded pitch event that occurred on December 8, 2020."
The agency added that "software load dates are continuously sliding and the FAA needs better visibility into the causes of the delays."
It said that "after the un-commanded pitch event, the FAA is yet to see how Boeing fully implements all the corrective actions identified by the root cause investigation."
The agency said it wants Boeing to "implement a robust process so similar escape will not happen in the future and this is not a systemic issue."
The letter was reported earlier by the Seattle Times.
Boeing did not immediately comment.
(David Shepardson - Reuters)
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Friday, April 30, 2021
On short final to Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as "WL338" arriving from El Paso International Airport (ELP/KELP) on April 29, 2021 sporting the bare metal livery of the aircraft's previous operator, American Airlines.
Delivered to American Airlines on August 24, 1992 as N76201.
WFU and STD at Roswell (ROW/KROW) New Mexico 7/5/2015 - 2/12/2018.
Ferried (ELP/KELP) - (MIA/KMIA) February 12, 2018 on delivery to World Atlantic Airlines.
Re-registered as N801WA and named "Luis Oliva" on August 31, 2018, currently named "Emily."
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
"GLF62" taxies to Rwy 30 for an early morning departure.
When delivered the aircraft will join the Conoco Phillips fleet.
Rolls for takeoff on a simply gorgeous SoCal Morning.
(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
Sadly this is the last brand new Gulfstream to depart from Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) as Gulfstream Aerospace has made the decision to close down its West Coast Completion Center due to the unfavorable business climate here in California. The Gulfstream Service Center will remain open until August or September of this year then will also close moving it's operations to Van Nuys Airport (VNY/KVNY).
Gulfstream joins a long list of companies that have left the airport over the years. Cessna was the first moving its service center to Arizona, McDonnell Douglas / Boeing, jetBlue Airways, Federal Express (FedEx) and Toyota AirFlite FBO.
Michael Carter - Editor: Aero Pacific Flightlines)
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Arrives at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as "UA2569" on April 6, 2021.
Captured later rolling for takeoff on Rwy 30 as "UA2511" bound for Tampa International Airport (TPA/KTPA) with the California Angels on board.
(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
New U.S. budget airline Avelo seeks niche on West Coast
Avelo Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier created by a former United Airlines executive, made its debut on Thursday with plans for service between secondary airports on the U.S. West Coast and one-way fares starting at $19.
Backed by $125 million in private equity, Avelo will begin operations from its first base at Hollywood Burbank Airport just outside Los Angeles, with flights starting April 28.
Although travel demand has dropped during the pandemic, the downturn has opened opportunities including gate capacity at Burbank and cheaper aircraft as large carriers scaled back operations globally, Avelo's founder and chief executive, Andrew Levy, told Reuters."There's market opportunities that would have been harder for us to tackle a year ago," said Levy, the co-founder and former president of low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines and chief financial officer of United Airlines.
Avelo will begin with 11 non-stop routes from Burbank and three Boeing 737-800 planes with 189 seats and one-way fares starting at $19. It expects to have at least six airplanes and around 400 employees by the end of year, Levy said.
U.S. airlines executives have recently pointed to large pent-up travel demand as the economy reopens and more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccinations, a desire Levy hopes to tap into with low fares.
"Demand is coming back quickly. It's still nowhere near what it used to be so I think in the short term prices will be really low, but we're built for that," he said.
Another U.S. start-up, Breeze Airways based in Salt Lake City and backed by aviation veteran David Neeleman, is preparing to begin low-cost flights on routes it says have been abandoned by larger carriers.
(Tracy Rucinski - Reuters)