- Germany’s Lufthansa
Group was the first customer to place an order with Boeing
following the crash of Ethiopian
Airlines Flight ET302.
- Lufthansa doesn’t have any Boeing
737 Max aircraft in its fleet but will consider buying the jet
in an upcoming round of orders next year, CEO Carsten Spohr
- Spohr isn’t concerned about Boeing’s ability to build
safe airliners. However, the airline CEO does foresee international
regulators placing greater scrutiny on the certification of US-made
planes by the FAA.
- The Lufthansa CEO also noted that the complexity of
modern tech makes it very difficult for regulators in any country
to have expert level knowledge of every single system that
comprises a modern jetliner.
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On March 13, three days after the crash Ethiopian Airlines
Flight ET302, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an
emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max with airlines in the
The FAA emergency order followed more than 50 nations and
airlines that had also taken action, effectively grounding the
entire global 737 Max fleet after two crashes in four months.
At the same time, politicians and the flying public began to
question how Boeing and FAA could have let such a troubled aircraft
Also on March 13, Germany’s Lufthansa Group placed an order for
20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in a deal that could worth as much as
It was the first major airline
order placed with Boeing following the crash of ET302. It was a
show of support for the Chicago-based aviation giant from a
“It shows we are committed to our partners in difficult times,”
Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr told reporters at a recent lunch
meeting in New York. “We have not lost our trust in Boeing, they’ve
built wonderful aircraft over the decades and I’m sure they will
fix the current issues.”
Lufthansa Group includes such airlines as Austrian, Swiss,
Brussels Air, Germanwings, Eurowings, and the eponymous
None of Lufthansa Group’s brands operate the controversial 737
Max airliner, opting instead for the rival Airbus A320neo. However,
Spohr revealed his airline will consider the 737 Max in an upcoming
round of aircraft orders next year.
Europe’s largest airline also operates a wide-variety of
wide-body Boeing jets including the 747, 767, and 777.
Fun fact, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to take
delivery of the original 737-100 back in 1967.
Boeing’s reputation may remain intact, the Lufthansa CEO does
foresee a major shift in the way regulatory bodies around the world
will certify US-made aircraft in the years to come.
“When it comes to the certification, it’s going to be
interesting to see how the European authorities react to what has
happened to the Max,” Spohr said. “Historically, if the FAA
certified the aircraft, it was basically “copy and paste” for the
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“Overall, foreign authorities will be more thorough in accepting
American certifications,” Spohr added. “I think that for me is one
of the outputs of these terrible events in Indonesia and
However, the Lufthansa boss did point out that regulators may be
limited in their ability to be effective
“We also have to be realistic, the aircraft these days are such
high-tech machines that probably regulators cannot do what they did
in the 1960s,” Spohr told Business Insider.
He noted that the complexity of modern technology makes it very
challenging for regulators to have an expert-level understanding of
the innumerable systems that comprise a modern jetliner.
This is a
problem all regulators will have to confront.
In spite of the increased scrutiny international regulators will
place on US-made aircraft, Spohr noted that the FAA’s place as the
elite aviation regulatory body will remain unchanged.
“The FAA is the most advanced agency in the world so I think
we’ll be watching what comes out from the investigations here and
that probably will be the new standard around the world,” the
Lufthansa CEO told Business Insider.
Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
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