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Boeing, Air Cargo in the Spotlight: The Week in Aerospace

By Antonio Gozain | Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:00

US planemaker Boeing expects supply chain problems to persist almost until the end of 2023 due to labor shortages at medium and small suppliers and the sooner-than-anticipated return of demand.

“The shift from demand to now supply issues… is remarkable, the speed with which it happened… It has been a real issue for both manufacturers and will probably stay that way in my view almost to the end of next year,” said David Calhoun, CEO, Boeing, during Bloomberg's Qatar Economic Forum in Doha.

 

Buckle up! This is the Week in Aerospace!

 

Boeing Running Out of Time for 737 Max 10 Certification

As the deadline to certify the Boeing 737 Max 10 in 2022 approaches, the OEM has fallen behind with regulators. Failure to comply with the regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will force the company to follow new cockpit alerting requirements under a 2020 law.

Boeing has not provided a timetable for the approval of the 737 Max 10. “Both the FAA and Boeing are working through a process that is different than what they were used to, which becomes challenging, regulators control the timeline, and it is up to Boeing to meet the certification plan,” said Mike Fleming, Senior Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The FAA has warned Boeing that at this rate, it may not obtain the certification for the 737 Max 10 certification by the end of the year.

Air Cargo, E-commerce Growing Hand in Hand

Air cargo is expected to continue growing in Latin America thanks to the growth of e-commerce through numerous channels such as Amazon, Alibaba, Facebook Marketplace, Linio and Mercado Libre.

“The reliance on e-commerce is not likely to change. IBM estimates that COVID-19 accelerated the five-year growth of e-commerce; it is the segment of the air cargo sector with a year-on-year growth of 27.6 percent,” said Rafael Echevarne, Director, Airports Council International in Latin America (ACI-LAC)

Viva Aerobus’ Fleet Reaches 60 Aircraft

Ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus received this week an Airbus A321ceo, which became its 60th airplane. The fleet is divided into 40 Airbus A320 and 20 Airbus A321, with an average age of about five years, which makes it the youngest fleet in Mexico and the third youngest in North America.

Emirates Steps Up Frequencies to Mexico

Emirates announced that it will increase frequencies and start daily services to Mexico City via Barcelona from June 23, 2022. The Emirati airline will now increase its average capacity and offer around 2,000 seats per week to and from Mexico City. Travelers from Mexico “will have ample choice to connect safely and seamlessly to Dubai, and through Dubai to Emirates’ global network of over 130 destinations,” said the airline.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, Emirates, A21
Photo by:   Boeing
Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst