Boeing 737 Max: Top three Chinese airlines seek compensation for losses

Saul Bowman
May 24, 2019

China Eastern "said that grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes had resulted in great losses for the company, and the losses are still expanding", Xinhua reported.

Most agencies around the world have said little since the 737 Max was grounded following the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which together with a Lion Air crash in October, claimed 346 lives. Reports in the People's Daily newspaper did not state the amount of compensation China Eastern seeks.

The day before, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

The U.S.'s reluctance to take quick action earned it criticism and raised questions about the rigor and independence of its decision-making and certification of the 737 Max under a system that grants Boeing far-reaching responsibilities for overseeing the safety of the company's own products.

Two French families have filed lawsuits against USA aircraft manufacturer Boeing over the crash of a 737 MAX of Ethiopian Airlines in March, lawyers said on Tuesday. Norwegian Air, Flydubai, Ryanair and Turkish Air have also asked for money from the manufacturer, according to CNN.

Regulators are expected to discuss Boeing's proposed software fix and new pilot training that are both key to re-starting flights.

Getting Boeing's top-selling 737 Max back in the skies faces a critical test this week as the company and USA regulators each seek to restore their reputations after two deadly crashes.

"We must use punishment, and tell the Americans their practice of using concealment and fraud to extract benefits from others, while benefiting themselves, is unfair", said the Global Times, which is published by the Chinese Communist Party and known for its nationalistic tone.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft of Air China sits on the tarmac at an airport in Beijing, China March 11, 2019.

Dupuis said she "cannot speculate on the timelines" for approval of the 737 MAX by the FAA or Canadian officials. It was then followed by a crash in Indonesia in October of past year, which killed 189 people.

The list of foreign regulators includes delegates from Indonesia and Ethiopia, where the two crashes occurred before the plane was grounded worldwide in March. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are the biggest operators of the 737 Max globally.

The FAA is expected to conduct a certification flight in the coming weeks, which, if successful, means the 737 Max could return to flight in the U.S. during the summer.

Still in a Chicago federal court, he family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, filed a lawsuit, alleging that Boeing, which manufactures the 737 MAX, had defectively designed the automated flight control system.

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