December 23, 1987
Federal aviation investigators urged closer inspection of engine mounts on hundreds of Boeing 737 aircraft to detect possible cracking after an engine fell off a USAir jet during flight earlier this month. The National Transportation Safety Board said the engine separated from the plane shortly after it departed the Philadelphia airport because of cracking caused by metal fatigue in one of the three bolts holding the engine in place.
January 16, 1997 |
The government is ordering changes to the rudders of the popular Boeing 737 airliners in response to a pair of deadly accidents. Vice President Al Gore, who announced the order Wednesday, said Boeing Co. has agreed to make the changes and bear most of the cost, with the airlines covering the rest. Investigators have not determined the cause of the crashes in Colorado and Pennsylvania, but sudden rudder movement is suspected of causing the planes to roll and plunge.
October 28, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday ordered the replacement of 7,200 rivets in every older Boeing 737 jetliner to guard against a possible repeat of an accident last spring in which an Aloha Airlines jet lost a third of its roof in flight. The far-reaching and costly order affects the 291 oldest Boeing jets and requires that the work be completed within three years.
March 24, 1999 |
Government investigators used eerie computer simulations and dry investigative analysis Tuesday to argue that unexpected reversals in the rudders on three Boeing 737s caused a pair of airline crashes and nearly caused a third. The findings were presented during a National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the cause of the September 1994 crash of USAir flight 427 outside Pittsburgh that killed all 132 on board.
June 15, 1989 |
International airlines Wednesday acted to ground most of the worldwide fleet of Boeing 737-400s after three separate incidents, including the crash in Britain in January that cost 47 lives. The airlines' grounding of the aircraft followed a recommendation by Boeing Co. and CFM International that 33 of the world fleet of 50 737-400s should be taken out of service for modifications to their engines--the CFM 56-3C. "This is the first time a Boeing fleet has ever been grounded.
June 5, 1986
Piedmont Airlines became the first carrier to order the new fuel-efficient plane, a 156-seat twin jet that Boeing says will be the world's most modern passenger aircraft when it becomes available in two years. Boeing placed the value of the 55 aircraft at about $1.9 billion, including spare parts. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based carrier said it expects delivery of 25 jets beginning in September, 1988. The airline also has an option to buy 30 additional 737-400s to be delivered in 1990 and 1991.
October 1, 1999 |
Delta Air Lines Inc., the third-largest U.S. carrier, said it will buy 18 more Boeing 737-800 aircraft to replace older, noisier Boeing 727s, an order that could be worth as much as $976.5 million. Including other recent purchases, Delta now has 125 of the 737s on order, Boeing said. Boeing said the faster, new-generation 737 will be more reliable, helping to avoid late arrivals. Shares of Atlanta-based Delta rose $1 to close at $48.44, Seattle-based Boeing rose 44 cents to $42.
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August 28, 2007 |
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a weekend runway safety breach at LAX in what apparently was the second such incident at the airport in less than two weeks, officials said Monday. The latest episode, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, involved two Boeing 737s at the north airfield of Los Angeles International Airport. Officials said a Continental plane that had arrived from Newark, N.J.
November 15, 1989 |
Delta Air Lines, announcing one of the biggest orders for airliners in history, said Tuesday that it will spend up to $10 billion for 160 of McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s new MD-90 jetliners and 100 of Boeing Co.'s 737s. The McDonnell Douglas order will enable that company to begin development of the new MD-90 series of airliners at its Douglas Aircraft unit in Long Beach, Calif.
March 9, 2011 |
For the first time in more than three years, Century City aircraft leasing giant International Lease Finance Corp. is placing an order for passenger jets. The company, better known as ILFC, said it plans to purchase 100 Airbus A320 jets and 33 of Boeing Co.'s 737s. The planes have a book value of more than $11 billion. ILFC currently owns a fleet of about 930 aircraft but hasn't placed an order for new aircraft since October 2007. The company was restricted in its ability to pick up new planes after the 2008 global financial crisis nearly brought down its parent company, American International Group Inc. But last year, ILFC raised $14 billion from investors and aircraft sales.