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Sean Broderick

Sean
Broderick
Aviation Week
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Fixing latest MAX computer issue will not involve hardware changes 
Fixing the latest Boeing 737 MAX flight control system anomaly flagged by FAA will not require hardware changes, and design differences between the MAX and its 737NG predecessor mean the issue presents far less risk on older 737s, ATW has confirmed.
Spirit Aero keeps 737 fuselage production rate at 52/month 
Spirit AeroSystems plans to continue producing Boeing 737 fuselages at a 52/month rate for the foreseeable future, storing extra inventory now and burning it off once Boeing ramps production up sometime in 2020.
AerCap 2Q net income up 23% on strong demand
Dublin-based lessor AerCap posted second-quarter net income of $331.5 million, up 23% year-over-year (YOY).
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Air Canada posts strong 2Q results on MAX capacity replacement plans 
Air Canada shook off the absence of its Boeing 737 MAXs to post record second-quarter revenue and boost capacity.
Bloomberg: Airbus, Boeing production rates holding steady 
Shifting macro trends will combine to keep Airbus and Boeing from raising production rates past currently announced levels and hold book-to-bill rates below 1 for the next few years, analysts at Bloomberg Intelligence (BI) conclude.
2019 World Airline Report North America analysis 
Despite business challenges, North American airlines remain the ones to beat.
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JetBlue hits cost-cutting target on maintenance deal 
A new contract with MTU Maintenance for IAE V2500 overhauls has helped JetBlue Airways hit its long-term goal of cutting at least $250 million from its annual costs by 2020.
Southwest takes MAX out of service through year-end; 2Q income up 1% 
Southwest Airlines has pulled its Boeing 737 MAXs through the end of the year and made several tactical changes—including route cuts and major fleet-plan modifications—to help compensate for the model’s prolonged grounding, the carrier said July 25 when announcing its second-quarter earnings.
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American Airlines posts 2Q net profit up 5% on record revenues 
Despite the Boeing 737 MAX headaches and operational hiccups that American Airlines management said was triggered by both weather and a higher-than-normal number of out-of-service aircraft beyond the MAXs, the Fort Worth-based carrier posted solid 2019 second-quarter numbers.
A Renton employee works on the fuselage of a grounded Boeing 737 MAX 9 test plan
Boeing may suspend 737 MAX production if grounding drags on 
As Boeing weighs its options for managing the 737 MAX supply chain until the grounded model is back in service, the US manufacturer may consider pausing production completely if circumstances continue to delay the narrowbody’s return, Boeing executives said July 24.
JetBlue swings to profit in 2Q as revenue rises; slows growth plans 
JetBlue Airways posted net income of $179 million for the 2019 second quarter, reversing a $121 million loss in the year-ago period.
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Airbus, EASA warn of A321neo excessive pitch-up condition 
Airbus has urged A321neo operators to implement a temporary center-of-gravity (CG) limitation to eliminate an already-remote risk of an excessive pitch-up condition while it finalizes a software update that addresses the issue.
Investigators cite pilot error, training for Air Niugini 737 crash 
The pilots that flew an Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 into a lagoon on final approach to Micronesia’s Chuuk International Airport (TKK) in September 2018 did not follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) or respond to numerous terrain-warning alerts, a final report on the fatal accident found.
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Aeromexico urges government to reverse Emirates’ fifth-freedom plans 
Aeromexico is leaning on its government to reverse a decision that grants Dubai-based Emirates Airline fifth-freedom rights between Mexico City and Barcelona, and is pledging to emphasize its own new service on the route to demonstrate its commitment, CEO Andrés Conesa said.
Boeing will incur $4.9 billion charge for some MAX-related costs 
Boeing’s second-quarter earnings will include a $4.9 billion after-tax charge to cover some actual and estimated future expenses linked to the 737 MAX grounding, while a reduced production rate is driving up 737 costs and lowering margins, the company said July 18.
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