I'd agree with that, close call though ...you could be right - I could be simply prejudiced and seeing cats where there are none - but in my experience If its got pointy ears sleek fur a long tail, impressive whiskers and hunts mice - im probably not looking at an otter
These 810 planes represent less than half of the more than 1,900 which must be inspected for cracks, although the ones which have been inspected first are the ones most likely to currently have cracks.Boeing Co said Thursday that airlines had inspected 810 of the company's 737 NG jets around the world, and found 38 structural cracks requiring repair and replacement.
The planes will be grounded until the repairs are made, Boeing and airline officials said. Nearly five per cent of inspections have found cracks in a "pickle fork" — a part that attaches the plane's fuselage, or body, to the wing structure and manages forces.
The planes will be grounded until the repairs are made. Repairing the cracks may take up to 60 days.. In total, 1,911 U.S. 737 NGs are covered by the FAA directive.
This is a problem for airlines already struggling with the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, as it will take another 4 percent of capacity out of service between now and mid-December.Planes with cracks "may need to be taken out of the fleet for up to 60 days for maintenance," Syth said.
Raymond James analyst Savanthi Syth wrote in a research note Thursday that the findings from the 737 NG inspections could "potentially take up to four per cent of capacity off-line" between mid-October and mid-December."
Other airlines operating the plane have also announced that they do not see the plane returning to service until some time next year at the earliest.Air Canada said on Wednesday it had removed Boeing Co's 737 Max planes from flight schedules until Feb. 14, citing uncertainty around the aircraft's return to service.
As noted above, many of the Boeing 737 NG operators are also (would be) Boeing 737 Max operators, and already are cancelling fights and routes due to shortages of flyable planes. Losing availability of any of their NG planes on top of their existing shortages is going to add to their headaches and financial losses.Cracks in aircraft are nothing new and especially when one considers that some of the older 737 NG aircraft are getting on in terms of operating hours. When QANTAS had an engine explode on a virtually brand new A380 out of Singapore they found cracks in the wing structure when fixing the damage. This led to a world-wide fleet inspection and repair order from Airbus.
And it appears that some of the FAA inspectors that were involved in the Boeing 737 Max 8 approval were not qualified for their jobs and that the FAA may have mislead the US congress as to this and other related issues.
16 out of 22 inspectors had not completed their training, and 11 of the 16 did not have the flight instructor which is a requirement for the job.