Kulula and BA’s Boeing 737 Max 8 planes – “We remain vigilant”

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what happened to those cars?
300,000 VW Diesels Sitting All Over The US- Wochit News

Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States. It will not be emptying them soon.

A recent court filing shows that Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through mid-February.

The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for months.

The filing from the program’s independent administrator said that Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States housing nearly 300,000 vehicles.

The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard near Victorville, California.


That was then, but this is now...

Boeing MAX 737 planes parked on airport apron in Moses Lake - KING 5

The grounded aircraft sit on an airport apron in Moses Lake, Washington, waiting for software upgrades.

 

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When Will Boeing 737 Max Fly Again and More Questions - The Washington Post

Two crashes within five months -- Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 off the coast of Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March outside Addis Ababa -- killed 346 people and led to a global grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jets, the fourth generation of a venerable brand first flown in 1967.

Uncertainty over when it will fly again is rippling through the airline industry and Boeing’s finances. The U.S. manufacturer’s bill is $9.2 billion and rising, as it faces questions about the plane’s development and its own transparency.

Personnel shakeups have reached all the way to the top.
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Boeing Employees Mocked F.A.A. and ‘Clowns’ Who Designed 737 Max - NYT
The company expressed regret at the embarrassing communications it sent to investigators on Thursday, which included a comment that “this airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys.”

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Boeing sent Congress more than a hundred pages of documents on Thursday that included internal communications between company employees mocking the Federal Aviation Administration and bragging about getting the regulator to approve the 737 Max with little new training required for pilots.

The most damaging messages included conversations among Boeing pilots and other employees about software issues and other problems with flight simulators for the Max, a plane later involved in two accidents that killed 346 people and threw the company into chaos.

The employees appear to discuss instances in which the company concealed such problems from the F.A.A. during the regulator’s certification of the simulators.

“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one of the employees says in messages from 2018, apparently in reference to interactions with the regulator.

“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” one employee said to a colleague in another exchange.

“No,” the colleague responded.
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Beancounter logic - don't redesign, just give it a facelift, and it costs less. Nothing bad will happen.
Engineer logic - facelifts does not work, do a complete redesign. Lifes (and engineer's reputation) are at stake.
 

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do wonder where the local comair 737 MAX is stored in all of this?
I mean one was delivered, where is it parked up?
and the other?
 

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do wonder where the local comair 737 MAX is stored in all of this?
I mean one was delivered, where is it parked up? and the other?
Their first 737 MAX 8 (ZS-ZCA) is most likely parked at SAA Technical at ORTIA.

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(ZS-ZCA pictured upon arrival at Boeing Field, prior to delivery)

and their second one (ZS-ZCB) is still parked at Boeing Field - it was due to be delivered to Comair during the same week in March last year that the MAX was eventually grounded by the FAA)

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(ZS-ZCB pictured at Boeing Field, mothballed & still awaiting delivery)
 
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so SA doesn't have a boneyard like the US, in some desert?
Only AFB Waterkloof, where all the SAAF Gripens are & AFB Makhado, where all the Hawks are stored...


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nobody got photos of our local MAX that was delivered sitting taking up space at SAAT ?
 

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