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Boeing appears conflicted on 737 decision

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 passenger jet prepares to land at Midway Airport on April 5, 2011. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Boeing Co. may be leaning toward building a new version of its best-selling 737 narrowbody jet, but industry experts said Tuesday the company seems to be conflicted on the matter and appears increasingly less likely to make a decision in the next few months.

Boeing is deciding whether to redesign the 737 or simply put a more fuel-efficient engine in the existing design as its top rival Airbus intends to do with its competing A320. Get the full story »

Southwest CEO: All but two planes back in service

A week after a hole ripped open on the fuselage of one of his planes, Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Gary C. Kelly said Friday that all but two inspected planes will be back in the air by Saturday.

During a panel discussion at a gathering of financial journalists in Dallas, Kelly said Southwest has inspected and returned to service 78 planes but is still making repairs on two Boeing 737s, including the plane with the damaged fuselage.

Scandinavian airline SAS to inspect Boeing jets

Scandinavian airline group SAS AB will perform inspections on four of its Boeing jets after a similar plane belonging to Southwest Airlines Co. sprung a hole in the roof during a flight. Get the full story »

Boeing surprised by rupture in 737 fuselage

The NTSB displays the 5-foot-long fuselage skin section taken from the Southwest Airlines accident aircraft on Tuesday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

Boeing Co. said Tuesday that its engineering and safety experts were caught off guard by Friday’s rupture in the fuselage of a midair Southwest Airlines Co. jet, failing to anticipate the risks of such an incident “until much, much later” in the aircraft’s life.

In an attempt to explain what went wrong, including technical missteps by Boeing, a senior company engineer laid out some of the decisions and analyses by the aerospace giant that unwittingly set the stage for the five-foot tear in the aluminum skin of the 15-year-old Boeing 737 aircraft. The tear led to the rapid decompression of the passenger cabin while the plane was cruising at 36,000 feet, but no one was seriously injured. Get the full story »

FAA issues emergency order to inspect airliners

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tuesday ordered airlines to inspect their most heavily used older-model Boeing 737 jetliners for fuselage cracks. Get the full story »

Boeing: 737 wasn’t old enough to be worrisome

Boeing was surprised when a section of a Southwest jetliner’s fuselage ripped open in flight because the plane wasn’t old enough to be worrisome, a company official said Tuesday, as the airline cleared most of its older 737 planes to return to the skies. Get the full story »

Southwest grounds 5 planes for repairs

A photographer next to the fuselage skin which was torn from a Southwest Boeing 737-300 aircraft last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Southwest Airlines Co. said it was making repairs on five older Boeing 737-300 planes after inspections found fuselage cracks, and added that flight operations were returning to normal on Tuesday.

The inspections of 79 planes followed an April 1 emergency landing in Arizona of a jet with a hole in its fuselage. Flight 812 was heading from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., when a 5-foot tear opened up 20 minutes after takeoff. Get the full story »

Southwest cancels 70 flights, shares down 4%

Southwest Airlines Co canceled 70 flights on Monday as it continued to inspect Boeing 737 planes following the emergency landing on Friday of a jet with a hole in its fuselage.

Spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said 70 flights systemwide were canceled for Monday out of about 3,400 daily flights. Of 79 older Boeing 737-300 planes that were designated for additional inspections after the Friday incident, 33 had been returned to service, she said. Get the full story »

Turkish Airlines orders 15 Boeing 737s

Boeing says Turkish Airlines has exercised options for 15 new 737s with a list value of $1.2 billion. Get the full story »

FAA studies Boeing jet windshield fires

Serious electrical short-circuits cracked or burned portions of cockpit windshields on a pair of American Airlines jets in the past two weeks, ratcheting up concerns about such hazards potentially affecting thousands of Boeing Co. aircraft. Get the full story »

Leasing giant orders 133 jets from Boeing, Airbus

International Lease Finance Corp, the world’s biggest plane leasing company, said it will order 100 narrowbody planes from EADS unit Airbus and 33 narrowbodies from Boeing Co., and scrap an order for 10 Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft.

The orders from the aircraft leasing unit of insurer American International Group Inc. are potentially worth $11.2 billion at average list prices. The canceled A380 order, which had been in jeopardy for some time, was potentially worth $3.75 billion. Get the full story »

Experts: Dubai firm canceled some 737 orders

The cancellation of 32 orders for Boeing 737s this week appears to have been by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), and more order retractions could be coming from the airplane lessor, an analyst said on Friday.

Boeing declined to comment on Friday and has not identified the customer that canceled the order, potentially worth more than $2 billion. DAE representatives were not immediately available to comment. Get the full story »

Boeing, Airbus net big orders for narrow-body jets

Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS are ringing in the the new year with large aircraft order announcements for their popular narrow-body jets.

Finance company CIT Group Inc. ordered 38 next-generation Boeing 737s worth about $3.2 billion at list price. This is the largest order CIT has placed with Chicago-based Boeing and a sign the commercial lender intends to remain a player in the aircraft leasing business after emerging from bankruptcy last year. Get the full story »

Boeing supplier shifts workers away from 787

A key supplier for Boeing’s new 787 is shifting workers to other planes, in another sign that delays to the 787 are likely. Spirit AeroSystems says some of its workers in Wichita, Kan., will now work on Boeing’s 737. Some will keep working on the 787, but at a slower rate. Get the full story »

No quick decision in Boeing 737 engine debate

The waiting game is about to go into extra innings for the aviation world as Boeing Co. grapples with a tough decision on how to update its hot-selling single-aisle airplane, the 737.

Experts say an announcement on Wednesday by Boeing’s rival Airbus that it would update its competing A320 jetliner with a new engine starting in 2016 gives Boeing plenty of time to assess market needs and its own engineering capabilities. Get the full story »