Author: Canadian Aviation News

Construction begins on the REM station at YUL

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MONTRÉAL, July 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal today held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. The first REM metro car will enter the station in 2023.

Groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)
Groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch construction of the future Réseau express métropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. (CNW Group/Aéroports de Montréal)

The construction of the REM station is part of a much larger project, the cityside development program, which will include rebuilding the multi-level parking complex and the drop-off/pick-up zones at YUL, access infrastructures that are at the end of their useful life and at full capacity. A new space, YULtransit, will also be built underground where modes of public transport will converge.

Representing an investment of more than $2.5 billion from ADM, this program is one of the largest private infrastructure projects in Québec and marks a new milestone in the history of Montréal-Trudeau Airport.

To support execution of the work, ADM has awarded the project management contract to a consortium composed of firms with specialized expertise: Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit (PSK Construction). As partners of the program, they will be mandated to identify opportunities for optimizing the schedule and phasing of the work while ensuring that impacts on passenger service are minimized.

Highlights

  • The construction of the REM station will be completed in 2023;
  • The REM will transport users from downtown to the airport in around 20 minutes;
  • ADM will assume the $250 million investment related to the construction of the REM station;
  • The installation of technical equipment (platform screen doors, rails, electric power supply, communication and control systems, etc.) will be carried out as part of the REM project;
  • Excavation to build the station will be at a depth of 35 meters under the multi-level parking complex;
  • The capacity of the new YUL drop-off/pick-up zones will be tripled;
  • The multi-level parking complex will be completely covered by a green roof with solar panels;
  • Depending on current needs, sufficient spaces will be reserved for electric vehicles at the front-end of the new multi-level parking complex as soon as it opens;
  • The project will be built in keeping with sustainable building standards with the goal of obtaining Envisioncertification.

Quotes:

“We are delighted to begin construction of the REM station. For over 25 years, we have been waiting for our international airport to be connected to downtown Montréal by an efficient rail link. This structuring project is the first step in an ambitious redevelopment of our access infrastructures that will enable us not only to respond adequately to the growth of passenger traffic at YUL, but also to improve the inter-modality of the airport site to make it more accessible for the benefit of travellers, as well as to put an end road congestion challenges.” –Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. 

“Today, we are starting to build a new gateway to our metropolis and marking an important step in the realization of the REM. In just a few years, Quebecers will have access to an extensive, reliable and frequent transportation network to get to the airport, regardless of traffic. For visitors, this will be a new, fast and efficient link to the heart of the city’s activities on modern metro cars with a unique view of the city.” –Macky Tall, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra.

“This station will significantly reduce travel times between downtown and the airport. I have no doubt that business people, tourists and the Greater Montréal population will appreciate this new service that will make it easier to travel to and from Montréal. Anyone travelling in the world today values this type of accessible mobility between an airport and downtown and we are delighted to have such a service coming to Montréal.” –Benoit Dorais, President of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal

“The Government of Québec is proud to be marking this important step that will enable citizens and visitors to move around on the REM, a modern, efficient and electric public transit infrastructure. Thanks to the REM, users will be able to travel easily between the city centre and YUL without having to worry about traffic congestion. This is an additional step to improve mobility in the greater metropolitan area by facilitating the inter-modality and interconnection of various modes of transportation.” –François Bonnardel, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region

“Our government understands the importance of public transit and that is why we are investing heavily in structuring projects such as the REM and the Montréal Metro blue line. The REM will benefit communities in the Greater Montréal region and enable travellers and tourists passing through the airport to reach downtown through an accessible and integrated public transit system.” –The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Air Canada / Air Canada rouge Winter 2019 Long-Haul changes as of 16 July 2019

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By Jim Liu – Posted 17 July 2019

Air Canada in the last few weeks filed additional changes to its long-haul operation for winter 2019/20 season, including service operated by Air Canada rouge. Latest adjustment as of 16 July 2019 as follows.

Montreal – Frankfurt 787-9 replaces A330-300 during following: 01DEC19 – 08DEC19, 18DEC19 – 05JAN20
Toronto – Frankfurt AC876/877 aircraft changes, 787-9 replaced by following:
27OCT19 – 30JAN20 777-200LR
31JAN20 – 27MAR20 777-300ER

Toronto – Vienna Planned seasonal frequency adjustment from 7 to 5 weekly unchanged. 787-8 replaces -9 from 27OCT19 to 04FEB20 (-8 previously scheduled for entire winter season)
Toronto – Zurich eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues operating (A330-300 previously filed 27OCT19 – 30NOV19)
Vancouver – London Heathrow 27OCT19 – 16DEC19 787-9 replaces 777-300ER (787-9 in W18 operated in November only)

Air Canada rouge changes:
Toronto – Bogota eff 03DEC19 Increase from 6 to 7 weekly, 767 operating (previously scheduled from 17DEC19)
Toronto – Cartagena eff 14DEC19 A321 replaces A319, increase from 2 to 3 weekly

Previously reported Mainline changes:
Calgary – London Heathrow Selected dates in Feb 2020 scheduled with 777-300ER aircraft, replacing 787-9
Montreal – Brussels eff 26OCT19 787-9 replaces previously filed -8
Montreal – Casablanca 
27OCT19 – 14NOV19 767-300ER replaces A330-300, 3 weekly
eff 07DEC19 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly for winter season

Montreal – Rome Routine seasonal suspension from 31DEC19 to 29FEB20; Previously filed 787-8 service to be replaced by following:
28OCT19 – 30NOV19 787-9
02DEC19 – 30DEC19 A330-300
01MAR20 – 27MAR20 A330-300

Montreal – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 
eff 11DEC19 3 weekly 787-9, new route
Montreal – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate this route, replacing -8
Montreal – Tokyo Narita eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate this route, replacing -8
Toronto – Dubai eff 27OCT19 Increase from 3-4 weekly to 5 weekly, 787-9 operating
Toronto – Milan Malpensa eff 27OCT19 Service converted from year-round to summer seasonal. Previously planned 3 weekly 767 in W19 cancelled 
Toronto – Mumbai 
eff 27OCT19 Seasonal service resumption. Service operates 3 weekly from 27OCT19 to 06DEC19, instead of 4 weekly. 777-200LR operating
Toronto – Rome eff 27OCT19 A330-300 replaces previously filed 787-8. Routine seasonal suspension scheduled from 05JAN20
Toronto – Santiago de Chile – Buenos Aires Ezeiza eff 27OCT19 777-300ER replaces 787-9 in NW18, 5-6 weekly
Toronto – Sao Paulo Guarulhos eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate 1 daily, replacing previously filed 777-300ER
Toronto – Seoul Incheon eff 27OCT19 787-8 replaces -9, service operates 6 weekly for entire W19, instead of 4-6 weekly
Vancouver – Auckland eff 12DEC19 4 weekly 787-8, new route
Vancouver – Hong Kong eff 27OCT19 450-seater 777-300ER continues operating in W19, replacing previously filed 787-9

Previously reported rouge changes:
Toronto – Quito eff 08DEC19 3 weekly 767, new route

Body of 47-year-old Newfoundlander among 3 recovered from Labrador plane crash

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Police heading to crash site on Friday morning to recover remaining bodies

CBC News · Posted: Jul 19, 2019

Mistastin Lake was formed by a meteor strike in northern Labrador. It’s very remote, only accessible by air.(Michael Zanetti)

On Friday morning, the RCMP released more information on the seven people in the floatplane that crashed into Mistastin Lake on Monday.

The body of a 47-year-old fishing guide from Newfoundland and Labrador was recovered from the wreckage of a plane crash at a remote lake in Labrador, along with two American men.

The bodies of a 66-year-old man from Illinois and a 67-year-old man from New Jersey were also recovered earlier this week.

The remaining four men — one from Quebec, one from Newfoundland and Labrador, one from Indiana and one from Illinois — are still missing and presumed dead.

Sources tell CBC News the 47-year-old man was from Grand Falls-Windsor, and that his body will be returned to his family after an autopsy in St. John’s.

Police headed to crash site

The RCMP began flying officers and supplies to Mistastin Lake in northern Labrador on Friday morning to search for the bodies of the missing.

The floatplane was operated by Air Saguenay — a small airline that has had three fatal crashes in nine years.

RCMP Cpl. Jolene Garland said crews have a “green light” to begin transferring 10 to 15 people and supplies to the crash site. They weren’t able to reach the lake on Thursday because of high winds and heavy rain.

It will take several flights by plane and helicopter to get the officers and supplies there.

It’s not clear where the bodies of the three dead were located, but they have been recovered.

Police released the following information about the victims of the crash on Friday morning:

  • Pilot – 66-year-old man from Quebec (missing).
  • Guide – 50-year-old man from N.L. (missing).
  • Guide – 47-year-old man from N.L. (located, deceased).
  • Passenger – 67-year-old man from New Jersey (located, deceased).
  • Passenger – 66-year-old man from Illinois (located, deceased).
  • Passenger – 40-year-old man from Indiana (missing).
  • Passenger – 38-year-old man from Illinois (missing).

The RCMP underwater recovery team, Labrador’s general investigation unit and air services are heading to the area with help from Nain’s ground search and rescue team.

Only one of the men has been identified — Gilles Morin, the pilot for Air Saguenay, who had worked with Three Rivers Lodge in Labrador for about six years. Air Saguenay had earlier this week said he was 61 years old. 

The group was flying from Three Rivers Lodge, near Schefferville, Que., to Mistastin Lake as part of an excursion.

The other six have been confirmed as four American tourists and two guides from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in airline industry

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Christohper Reynolds, The Canadian Press, 19 July 2019

Mandalena Lewis has spoken out publicly about the ‘toxic’ relations and ‘cowboy culture’ at airlines and launched a proposed class action lawsuit against her former employer, WestJet. CHAD HIPOLITO/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Mandalena Lewis was enjoying a layover in Hawaii with her WestJet co-workers the night she says a pilot pinned her down and tried to force her to have sex.

“I escaped being raped, but I was sexually assaulted,” the former flight attendant said.

A warm Sunday evening on the sands of Maui’s Makena Beach Resort in January 2010 had led to a group dinner and then an invitation from the pilot to have drinks on his balcony, which she accepted. Once in the room, he “dragged her onto the bed, kissing her and groping her” as she “physically resisted the assault and yelled for him to stop,” according to Lewis’s 2016 lawsuit against WestJet, filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

“It was a terrible situation. It was traumatizing,” Lewis, 33, told The Canadian Press.

Lewis later learned that WestJet had investigated a complaint from a flight attendant two years earlier alleging the same pilot had sexually assaulted her during a layover in Alberta, according to the lawsuit. It states the company did not discipline or fire him, nor take steps to warn or protect women scheduled to work with him.

WestJet has denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.

Fired in 2016 after eight years with WestJet, Lewis has spoken out publicly about the “toxic” relations and “cowboy culture” at airlines and launched a proposed class action lawsuit against her former employer.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear WestJet’s arguments to quash the lawsuit, which accuses the airline of failing to provide a harassment-free workplace for women. WestJet previously failed to scuttle the action in the B.C. courts after arguing that the dispute belongs in the quasi-judicial realm.

Airline insiders say the alleged incident speaks to an industry plagued by sexual harassment and gender discrimination as it struggles to shed a “frat boy culture” among pilots that plays out in everything from lewd jokes in the cockpit to “midnight knockers” at the hotel door.

The Canadian Press spoke with seven current and former flight attendants and multiple experts who say aviation is struggling to rise above 20th-century attitudes and adapt to the #MeToo era.

Complaints citing sex in the flight industry have more than doubled over the past decade or so, totalling 118 in the period between 2014 and 2018, according to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Harassment-specific complaints that cite sex rose 58 per cent between 2004 and 2018.

By comparison, other federally regulated industries such as banking, broadcasting and telecommunications saw fewer than 10 complaints collectively over the past 15 years, according to the commission, despite having much bigger workforces.

Airline employees highlighted a lopsided dynamic in which men occupy the vast majority of pilot jobs – 93 per cent at Air Canada and WestJet, slightly more balanced than the industry average of 95 per cent – and women comprise between 70 and 80 per cent of the country’s 15,000 flight attendants, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“When there’s a hierarchy like that, it creates a power dynamic, and some people will take advantage of it,” said flight attendant Florence LePage, citing sexist humour as one of the softer manifestations.

On a flight between Yellowknife and Whitehorse this year, a pilot phoned her from the cockpit to ask, “‘What is the difference between a chickpea and a lentil?’ Then he said, ‘The difference is that I would not pay to have a lentil pee on my face,“’ recalled LePage, who is in her 20s and works at a major Canadian airline.

Other flight attendants pointed to incidents of pornography on the flight deck and unwanted advances after touchdown.

“I was warned constantly about midnight knockers,” said one flight attendant who has worked at WestJet for more than 15 years and wished to remain anonymous for fears about job security.

She alleges she was at a bar on a layover in Moncton soon after joining the company and the pilot, who had consumed several margaritas, started to stroke her.

“I just remember the feeling of the back of his hand on my upper arm…and of course it was unwelcome. So I said, ‘OK, I’ve got to go.’ And as I’m on my way out, the first officer does the same dang thing.”

The pilot insisted on walking her back to the hotel, which was across the street. In the elevator, she said he snapped the room key from her hand. She said she managed to retrieve it and waited for him to pass by before stepping into her room, which was adjacent to his. “I dead-bolted my door and I thought, ‘Thank God that’s over.“’

Then the phone rang. “He said, ‘Hi, it’s me.’ And I said, ‘What do you want?’ And he said, ‘I just wanted to make sure you made it to your room okay.“’ She hung up.

“I was absolutely terrified.”

An undercurrent of in-flight flirtation can blend easily into romantic encounters during trips of up to four days spent with the same colleagues in far-flung climes. But the dynamic can also spill over into unsolicited, sexually aggressive behaviour from male colleagues and passengers, said Jocelyn Frye, a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress who focuses on women’s rights and economic security.

“They’re away from family, they don’t have those constraints, nobody’s around…they can do sort of crazy things and they think there’s no consequence,” Frye said.

“That can create more vulnerability and more potential for harm for people on the receiving end of those comments or that conduct.”

Expectations can also become internalized, with employees labelling less party-inclined colleagues as “slam-clickers.”

“It means that if you go to your hotel room and you slam your door and you click it locked, you don’t hang out and you’re antisocial,” said Mandalena Lewis. “I’ve been called a slam-clicker.”

WestJet said in an e-mail it treats harassment seriously and is “committed to providing and ensuring a safe and harassment-free environment for WestJetters and guests.”

The company highlighted an anonymous whistleblower hotline and safety reporting system, and said its “respect-in-the-workplace policies” are clearly outlined, in addition to mandatory annual training.

Air Canada, meanwhile, said it has “zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination or violence in the workplace.”

“Employee safety and well-being is one of our cornerstone values which we will not compromise,” the company said in an e-mail.

The stalwart statements come as cold comfort to Lewis.

“‘Be a dutiful daughter. Don’t be a problem employee,“’ she said, mimicking their stance.

“It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors.”

Héroux-Devtek is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

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LONGUEUIL, QC, July 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX: HRX) (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), the world’s third-largest landing gear manufacturer, is proud to celebrate the 50thanniversary tomorrow of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing that allowed humankind to take its first steps on the moon on this day in 1969. Héroux-Devtek, then Héroux Marchine Parts Limited, built the landing gear for the lunar module’s epic journey.

“Héroux-Devtek is proud of being part of the historic mission that allowed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to take “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Our work with NASA on this project remains a big part of our identity and a testament to the expertise and knowhow of our engineers and employees,” said Martin Brassard, President and CEO of Héroux-Devtek.

“Since 1942 we have grown from a small repair and overhaul facility to a world-class supplier to the global aerospace industry. Our work with NASA was an important moment in our history and propelled Quebec minds and technology onto the global stage,” added Gilles Labbé, Executive Chairman of Héroux-Devtek.

Canada Post issued two commemorative stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission – and the Canadians who helped make it possible. Héroux-Devtek manufactured the spider-like landing gear legs on the lunar module to NASA’s specifications. The legs were also part of the launch platform that let Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lift off from the moon and reconnect with the main command module. Those legs remain on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, in an area known as the Sea of Tranquility.

Héroux-Devtek and its Longueuil facility employees ratify a new three-year collective agreement

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LONGUEUIL, QC, July 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX: HRX) (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), the world’s third-largest landing gear manufacturer, today announced that the unionized employees at its Longueuil, Québec, facility have voted in favour of the early renewal of a three-year collective agreement, which now extends through April 30, 2023. The renewal concerns approximately 210 employees who are members of Unifor, Local Section 1956.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our employees that will allow our teams to fully dedicate time and resources to delivering the record backlog of our Longueuil facility. This also demonstrates the dedication of our personnel to meeting customers’ expectations.  Our employees are the main force of our company and we are very pleased to work hand-in-hand with them in order to continue offering high-quality jobs throughout our organisation.” said Martin Brassard, President and CEO of the Corporation.

Uncommanded fuel transfer diverts Rouge 767-300ER

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18 July 2019 by David Kaminski-Morrow, London, FlightGlobal.com

Air Canada Rouge, B767-300, C-FMWU – commons.wikimedia.org

Investigators are inspecting an Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER after it experienced the uncommanded transfer of fuel between tanks.

The aircraft (C-GDUZ) had been operating from Athens to Montreal on 16 July.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada says the twinjet, powered by General Electric CF6 engines, had been climbing to cruise altitude when the crew identified a “slight” fuel imbalance.

The crew carried out actions from the quick-reference handbook to try to rectify the situation.

But the board says the pilots subsequently determined that an uncommanded transfer of fuel – at the rate of 2.6t/h – was taking place between the left-hand main tank and the centre tank.

The aircraft climbed to around 32,000ft but, as a precaution, diverted to London Heathrow where it landed at about 18:15.

None of the 257 occupants was injured. The board says the twinjet has been undergoing inspection by the carrier’s maintenance personnel.

With A220 output set to climb, Airbus eyes additional facility in Mirabel

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The new line will likely start operating sometime around 2021, CEO Philippe Balducchi says. Airbus has ample land in Mirabel to expand.

FRÉDÉRIC TOMESCO – July 18, 2019

About 2,500 employees now work on Airbus’s A220 in Mirabel, up from about 2,200 a year ago. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERS

Airbus is leaning toward building a new plant in Mirabel within about two years to speed up production of the jetliner formerly known as the C Series.

The proposed pre-assembly facility will be tasked with preparing complete sections of the A220 plane before they are moved to the final assembly line. A decision on whether to proceed with the investment will be make in the coming weeks, according to Philippe Balducchi, chief executive officer of the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership.

“Our goal with this pre-assembly facility is to protect the final assembly line,” Balducchi told the Montreal Gazette Thursday in a telephone interview from Toulouse, France, where Airbus is based. “We are very probably going to build this pre-assembly facility, and we will do it in Mirabel.”

The new line will probably start operating sometime around 2021, Balducchi said. Airbus has ample land in Mirabel to expand, he added.

“People who fly the A220 like it and they want more,” Airbus Canada CEO Philippe Balducchi says. JPG

Airbus inherited Bombardier’s Mirabel facilities a year ago when it took control of the Montreal-based company’s C Series program, which it later renamed the A220. Bombardier retains a 34-per-cent stake in the partnership, while the Quebec government owns 16 per cent.

About 2,500 employees now work on the A220 in Mirabel, up from about 2,200 a year ago. While hiring for the program will continue in the months ahead, “it won’t be massive,” Balducchi said.

Having shipped 21 A220s in the first half of the year, Airbus is aiming to reach about 45 deliveries for all of 2019. Mirabel’s capacity is about 120 planes a year.

Output should climb further next year when a second A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., begins deliveries. The first plane sections have already arrived in Mobile, and assembly work will begin in the coming weeks, Balducchi said. When fully operational, the U.S. factory will be capable of building up to 50 jets per year.

In the meantime, Airbus has begun negotiating with suppliers in a bid to lower production costs of the A220 by more than 10 per cent. In exchange, Airbus can offer suppliers higher volumes as orders pile up for the jet.

“This is a clear effort to reduce costs,” Balducchi said. “We’ve started engaging our suppliers on this, and have reached some agreements. We are looking for double-digit reductions, and we see a lot of potential. We’re also ready to discuss improvements and changes in design with our suppliers in an effort to reduce costs, as long as it doesn’t impact the performance of the plane.”

Prospects for the A220 and its suppliers have been buoyed by last month’s announcement at the Paris Air Show that U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines and JetBlue were ordering additional units of the jet.

“Delta already operates the plane, which shows that people who fly the A220 like it and they want more,” Balducchi said. “Today, we see appetite from airlines in every region of the world.”

Airbus Canada’s CEO is also encouraged by recent commitments from leasing specialists Air Lease Corp. and Nordic Aviation Capital, which should result in the A220 being deployed at new airlines over the coming years.

“ALC and Nordic are very influential lessors, and they are going to allow us to accelerate the dissemination of the plane,” he said. “In the future we will see new orders because of these successes we had in Paris.”

Bad weather delays search for float plane passengers at Labrador crash site

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Bad weather has forced the RCMP to call off flights taking search teams to the remote Labrador lake where a float plane carrying seven people crashed on Monday.

Three bodies have been found and four men are still missing, though authorities have suggested there is little hope of finding survivors so many days after the crash, the cause of which is still unknown.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jolene Garland says multiple air trips will be needed to carry personnel and equipment to Mistastin Lake, about 100 kilometres southwest of Nain, where debris from the plane was spotted on Tuesday.

Garland initially said the plan was to have everyone on site today, and that flights had begun, but she later clarified after speaking with officers in Labrador that no flights were able to take off because of heavy rain and high winds.

Pilot Gilles Morin, 61, of Quebec has been identified by his employer as one of the seven men on board.

The RCMP said the two fishing guides on board were from Newfoundland and Labrador and the four fishermen, travelling from Three Rivers Lodge in Labrador to a remote fishing site, were from the United States.

Boeing to take a US$4.9 billion charge over grounded jet

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David Koenig, The Associated Press – July 18, 2019

DALLAS — Boeing says it will take a US$4.9 billion charge to cover possible compensation to airlines whose Max jets remain grounded after two deadly accidents.

Boeing said Thursday that the after-tax charge will cause a $5.6 billion reduction in revenue and pre-tax earnings for the April-through-June quarter. Boeing is scheduled to report financial results next week.

Airlines around the world have cancelled thousands of flights since March, when regulators grounded the Boeing 737 Max and the company suspended deliveries of new jets.

In this file image, workers walk up the steps of a jetway of a new Boeing 737-900ER airplane being delivered to United Airlines as it sits parked in front of Boeing’s expanded 737 delivery centre, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP / Ted S. Warren)

Boeing is also raising its estimate of Max production costs by $1.7 billion because production will be reduced longer than expected.

It’s unclear when the plane will fly again. Boeing is working on fixing flight-control software implicated in crashes that killed 346 people.