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Boeing Reveals Plans to Resume 737 MAX Production in Spring

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Boeing’s new CEO David Calhoun revealed Wednesday the company plans to resume the production of the 737 MAX this spring.

According to The Associated Press, Calhoun dismissed claims that the 737 MAX would never fly again or its name would be changed, but admitted the planes would return to production months before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies the grounded fleet to fly again.

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An FAA spokesperson told The AP the agency is not rushing the approval process and will conduct a “thorough and deliberate” investigation before clearing the MAX to fly again. There is no timetable for finishing the review.

The CEO also said he believes passengers will fly on the impacted planes and pilots will have no problem working the MAX flights once they are cleared by FAA regulators. Calhoun took the job after former CEO Dennis Muilenburg was fired earlier this month.

“I’m all in on it, the company is all in on it, and I believe the FAA is all in on it,” Calhoun said about the troubled MAX fleet on a conference call. “We got to get that line started up again. And the supply chain will be reinvigorated even before that.”

While Calhoun went on to defend Boeing’s culture and deny allegations that the company prioritized profit over safety, he called the “shocking” internal communications that showed employees ridiculing the plane and the approval process “appalling.”

The decision to restart production on the 737 MAX planes comes days after Boeing revealed the re-certification of its troubled planes would be delayed until at least “mid-2020,” with flights operated by the impacted aircraft not taking off until the fall or later.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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