Sean Broderick

Sean
Broderick
Aviation Week
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Aircraft lessors stay resilient in face of challenges 
The global Boeing 737 MAX grounding is not dooming lessors' financial results and may even help in the short term.
Analysis: Why systems information is critical to pilots
Since the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8s, many pilots are finding it hard to believe they were not told about software designed specifically for the aircraft.
MAX return to service poses logistical challenges 
Boeing 737 MAX operators still do not know when they will be cleared to put their aircraft back in service, but one thing is certain: Getting the 370-aircraft fleet flying presents a significant logistical undertaking for the airlines, suppliers and the manufacturer.
FAA issues special conditions for Boeing 777-9 fuel tanks
FAA, leveraging similar requirements issued more than a decade ago for the Boeing 787, has issued special conditions Boeing must follow to demonstrate the 777-9’s composite fuel tanks can withstand tire debris impact.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Southwest mechanics ratify new labor contract
Mechanics for Southwest Airlines, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), have voted to ratify a new contract through 2024, ending more than six years of contentious negotiations that led to multiple rounds of public finger-pointing and lawsuits between the two sides.
LATAM posts 1Q net loss, slows capacity growth plan 
LATAM Airlines Group reported a first-quarter net loss of $60.1 million, compared to a $92.2 million profit in the year-earlier period, as weak international demand contributed to a decline in revenue.
Analysts: Boeing’s MAX reimbursements could reach $1.4 billion 
Boeing’s reimbursements to airlines for 737 MAX-related service disruptions will approach $1.4 billion, assuming the grounded fleet is back in service by October, according to Bloomberg analysts.
American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8
American looks for clarity on MAX status; delays 737NG seat upgrades
American Airlines is confident that two stakeholder gatherings in the coming days will help provide clarity on when the Boeing 737 MAX fleet will be cleared to fly again, a top executive said.
ATSB urges ICAO to toughen runway centerline standards
ICAO should consider stronger standards for centerline lighting on wide runways because of the key role the visual cue plays in helping pilots avoid runway excursions, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says.
Analysts predict strong US summer season on demand, capacity growth
Solid macro fundamentals combined with capacity pressure created by the Boeing 737 MAX grounding have set US airlines up for a strong summer season, analysts at Cowen & Co. project.
DFW, American Airlines to build new terminal, adding up to 24 gates
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport and American Airlines are teaming up to develop a sixth terminal at the American hub that could add as many as 24 gates.
Analysis: Pilots right to ask why they weren’t told about MAX system
Since the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, and a continued focus on software designed specifically for that aircraft, it has become increasingly clear that many pilots are finding it hard to believe that they were not informed about that software.
Air Canada Boeing 787-9
Air Canada agrees to buy leisure carrier Air Transat 
Air Canada signed an agreement May 16 to acquire Montreal-based Air Transat, which would accelerate the Canadian flag carrier’s push into leisure destinations and add to already dominant positions in several markets, notably its home turf and Europe.
FAA hopes regulators meeting will restore global collaboration on MAX 
FAA leadership sees the upcoming meeting of regulators discussing the Boeing 737 MAX return-to-flight approval process as a key step toward restoring global aviation safety-related collaboration that broke down in the wake of uncoordinated decisions to ground the aircraft, the agency’s top official said.
NTSB: ATC mistakes sent EVA Air 777 toward California mountain 
An air traffic controller’s errant instruction to turn left instead of right toward an assigned heading during a rare departure pattern out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) led an EVA Air Boeing 777 to within hundreds of feet of a mountain peak topped with large antennas, an investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found.
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