Alaska Begins Dealing with MAX 9 Fallout | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube



Airborne-Unlimited-06.12.24 Airborne-FltTraining-06.13.24


Tue, Jan 09, 2024

Alaska Begins Dealing with MAX 9 Fallout

Canceled Flights Disrupt Entire Alaskan Network

Pre-empting the FAA’s issuance of an Emergency Airworthiness Directive, Alaska Airlines announced it would be grounding its collection of Boeing 737-9s or MAX 9s, until a raft of inspections. 


That is essentially what was directed by the FAA, too, which ordered that all MAX 9s with a ‘plugged’mid-cabin exit undergo inspections before being returned to service. Headlines were made when one such aircraft suffered an uncommanded and shocking decompression even in-flight while it was climbing out of 16,000 feet. Reacting quickly, Alaska grounded all MAX 9 planes, canceling 170 Sunday night flights on January 7th and affecting the travel of 25,000 passengers. They warned that additional cancellations were expected throughout the week to follow.

“Each aircraft will be returned to service only after completion of full maintenance and safety inspections,” said Alaska CEO Ben Minicucci. “We anticipate all inspections will be completed in the next few days.” While the FAA has now issued an Airworthiness Directive regarding the planes, at 14:40 pacific on January 7th, Alaska said “we are awaiting further instruction from both the FAA and Boeing to begin the required inspections on the door plug of our 737-9 MAX fleet and will share the information as we’re able.”

Rumor has it that the affected aircraft had thrown a few pressurization issues in recent weeks, which led to it being removed from ETOPS routes per Alaska’s maintenance policy. The aircraft was delivered to Alaska on October 31st of 2023, making it only a few months old at the time of decompression. That undoubtedly adds pressure to Boeing as it tries to nail down the plugged door issue - if there’s one thing the company doesn’t need, it’s another MAX fiasco.



More News

ANN FAQ: Submit a News Story!

Have A Story That NEEDS To Be Featured On Aero-News? Here’s How To Submit A Story To Our Team Some of the greatest new stories ANN has ever covered have been submitted by our>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.12.24)

“The legislation now includes a task force with industry representation ensuring that we have a seat at the table and our voice will be heard as conversations about the futur>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.12.24)

Aero Linx: Waco Museum The WACO Historical Society, in addition to preserving aviation's past, is also dedicated and actively works to nurture aviation's future through its Learnin>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.12.24): Adcock Range

Adcock Range National low-frequency radio navigation system (c.1930-c.1950) replaced by an omnirange (VOR) system. It consisted of four segmented quadrants broadcasting Morse Code >[...]

Airborne Affordable Flyers 06.06.24: 200th ALTO, Rotax SB, Risen 916iSV

Also: uAvionix AV-Link, Does Simming Make Better Pilots?, World Games, AMA National Fun Fly Czech sportplane manufacturer Direct Fly has finished delivering its 200th ALTO NG, the >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC