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737 MAX: Ryanair strengthens its own quality control

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Boeing had already presented a plan to “increase the number of engineers performing quality control”.

Agence France-Presse

The Irish airline Ryanair on Tuesday welcomed the strengthening of quality controls in Boeing's American factories and announced a strengthening of its own checks, a few days after a spectacular incident in the United States on a 737 MAX from the American aircraft manufacturer.

At a meeting last week with Ryanair, Boeing outlined a plan to significantly increase the number of engineers performing quality control at its sites and those of its main subcontractor, Spirit AeroSystems, said the boss of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary.

The airline, for its part, has also doubled [its] technical supervision of quality control of Boeing on the manufacturer's sites, he added, speaking at a press conference in London.

Mr. O'Leary, however, assured that under the leadership of Calhoun [Dave Calhoun, the CEO of Boeing, Editor's note] over the last two years, my confidence in Boeing has improved considerably.

We have loudly expressed our complaints regarding Boeing's lack of quality control over the last two years, recalled the manager who emphasized having seen a clear improvement of the quality of aircraft deliveries in the meantime.

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Mr. O'Leary called last week on Boeing, but also on its European counterpart Airbus, to considerably improve their quality controls, a few days after an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9 aircraft lost a panel of the fuselage in mid-flight.

Ryanair, a major Boeing customer which has complained on several occasions about the manufacturer's delivery delays, does not have 737 MAX 9, but other versions of the 737, including MAX 8. 737 MAX 10 are on order.

The 737 MAX experienced fatal accidents in 2018 when a plane from the Indonesian company Lion Air crashed into the sea after taking off from Jakarta, and in 2019 with the crash of a plane from Indonesia. #x27;Ethiopian Airlines a few minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa. These accidents led to investigations and a long immobilization.

It is certainly the most audited aircraft, the most controlled and the most regulated ever built, assured Mr. O'Leary on Tuesday. But [Boeing] cannot make these kinds of mistakes, he added, referring to the Alaskan flight incident.

The American Civil Aviation Regulatory Agency (FAA), which opened a formal investigation into a possible failure by Boeing, announced Friday that all 737 MAX 9 planes will have to remain grounded until the manufacturer provides more data on this incident.

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