In international news, Brazilian planemaker Embraer got a billionaire order and Amazon announced its plan to launch 3,000 satellites to provide internet. On a more dire note, Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing, apologized in the name of the company for the two fatal accidents involving 737 Max 8 units that led to the deaths of almost 350 people. Preliminary investigations on the most recent accident of Ethiopian Airlines indicated that the airplane’s nose went down a few times before the crash due to a faulty anti-stall system.
In Mexico, Interjet faced labor disputes that affected almost 12,000 passengers and its competitors seized the opportunity by offering discounts to affected travelers. Low-cost airlines Volaris and Viva Aerobus had positive monthly results for March thanks to increases in passenger traffic.
Now jump into last week’s highlights:
Interjet’s labor disputes led to the cancelation of 75 flights during the last week of March, affecting 11,936 passengers. Competitors Aeroméxico and Volaris offered a 25 percent discount for passengers affected by Interjet’s cancelations.
Online-sales giant Amazon announced it will launch 3,000 satellites to provide low-latency, high-speed internet.
Embraer signed a US$2.12 billion order with Nigerian Air Peace.
Boeing 737 Max Investigation
Preliminary reports on the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crash indicate that the airplane’s anti-stall system, known as MCAS, wrongly activated three times before the crash even after pilots performed the procedures indicated by the manufacturer to correct the issue.
FAA determined that Boeing’s proposed software to fix the airplanes’ anti-stall system required “additional work,” which signals that 737 Max units may be grounded for weeks to come.
On Friday, Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg released a statement acknowledging preliminary reports on the two 737 Max 8 crashes and extending “our sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.”