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Boeing Blowout Fallout: United Airlines Reports $200m Hit

Boeing Blowout Fallout: United Airlines Reports $200m Hit
United Airlines was forced to ground its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet in January United Airlines was forced to ground its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet in January
Boeing Blowout Fallout: United Airlines Reports $200m Hit
United Airlines was forced to ground its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet in January United Airlines was forced to ground its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet in January

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Boeing Blowout Fallout: United Airlines Reports $200m Hit

United Airlines reported a $200 million impact on its earnings in the first quarter of the year due to issues with its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet. This financial setback was attributed to a mid-air cabin blowout incident in January on an Alaska Airlines flight. It prompted United to ground its 737 MAX 9 planes for three weeks. As a result, United incurred a pre-tax loss of $164 million for the quarter, preventing it from reporting a quarterly profit.

Despite the loss, United’s performance exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, leading to a more than 5% increase in its shares after the announcement. The airline, which has 79 Boeing 737 MAX 9s in its fleet, experienced significant disruptions alongside Alaska Airlines, leading to thousands of flight cancellations as safety inspections were conducted and regulatory clearance was awaited for the resumption of flights.

In addition to the financial impact of the grounding, United is facing delays in putting new planes into service due to ongoing safety reviews by regulators. These delays are compounded by Boeing’s plane deliveries setbacks, forcing United to adjust its fleet plan accordingly.

In response to the challenges faced by its customers, including United, Boeing emphasized its commitment to enhancing safety and quality in the industry. The company recently compensated Alaska Airlines for losses from the January incident and reiterated its dedication to supporting its customers.

Meanwhile, Boeing is under renewed scrutiny following safety concerns raised by a whistleblower regarding the manufacturing processes of its 787 and 777 jets. Engineer Sam Salehpour accused Boeing of taking shortcuts in construction, leading to potential safety risks. Boeing refuted these allegations, expressing confidence in the safety of its aircraft. Salehpour is scheduled to testify at a US Senate hearing on April 17, shedding further light on the matter.

The incident involving the Alaska Airlines flight on January 5 raised concerns about the safety of Boeing’s aircraft, particularly following the previous fatal crashes involving the 737 Max 8 jets in 2018 and 2019. These incidents have intensified scrutiny of Boeing’s safety protocols and manufacturing practices.


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