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Boeing finishes software update for grounded airliner

May. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky. Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane's controls under different...

Ethiopian Airlines hesitant about using Boeing Max jets

May. 13, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says his airline might never fly the Boeing 737 Max again after a deadly crash in March, and if it does, it will wait until other carriers use the plane first. Tewolde Gebremariam told NBC News that Ethiopian won't use the plane unless the airline, its pilots and...

Emirates posts significant drop in profits, at $237 million

May. 9, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, said on Thursday tha profits were down almost 70% in the past fiscal year, reaching lows of $237 million, compared to last year's whopping $762 million. The Dubai-based airline's parent company Emirates Group also posted lower...

Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying

May. 7, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

With plane crashes making headlines over the weekend, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing out that such accidents and...

Boeing 737 Max 8 woes crimp Asian airlines' growth plans

May. 6, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian airlines are cutting routes, revamping their schedules and leasing extra aircraft to fill gaps left by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8s after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. So far, regional carriers have managed to avoid major disruptions, but analysts...

Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying

May. 6, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

After a long trend toward greater safety in air travel, there has been an uptick in airline accidents and deaths in 2018 and 2019. Many aviation experts regard that recent increase as a statistical blip, however. They note that accidents and deaths remain a fraction of the numbers from as recently as the 1990s....

The Latest: Dozens killed on Russian burning jet

May. 6, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest on an airplane that landed in flames at a Moscow airport (all times local): 1:05 a.m. Russian officials have given out conflicting numbers on a fiery airline accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, but they indicate at least 40 people died. Elena Markovskaya, a spokeswoman for...

At least 40 dead in Russian plane's fiery emergency landing

May. 5, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian airliner burst into flames while making an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport Sunday evening, and at least 40 people died, officials said. The Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by national airline Aeroflot had 73 passengers and five crew members on board when it touched down...

Fumes in cockpit, cabin prompt return of Spirit jet to LA

May. 3, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fumes in the cockpit and cabin of a Spirit Airlines jet flying from Los Angeles to Denver prompted the crew to bring the plane back to Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, authorities said. Flight 630, an Airbus A321, landed without incident around 9:50 a.m., said Federal...

The Latest: Fumes prompt return of Spirit jet to Los Angeles

May. 3, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a Spirit Airlines flight that returned to Los Angeles due to fumes onboard (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A Spirit Airlines jet has been taken out of service after returning to Los Angeles when fumes were detected in the cockpit and cabin. Airline spokesman Derek Dombrowski...