U.S. Senator talks about Boeing

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Garuda Indonesia airline has given the Boeing company notice that it would like to cancel an order for 49 737 MAX airplanes.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran was in Kansas on Friday, and he addressed issues with Boeing regarding the 737 MAX.

“This is a serious issue for passenger safety, but it also is a serious issue for companies in the United States who perform work for Boeing,” said U.S. Senator Jerry Moran. “And we certainly have those present here in Kansas.”

Senator Moran says the world is watching what comes next. He continues to be updated on not only the grounding of the 737 MAX series but the investigations as well into two accidents with the planes.

“I had a briefing last week from the acting FAA Administrator,” said Senator Moran. “I was pleased to hear the decision for the grounding was made based upon the science, based upon the facts, not a political decision. We want to make sure those decisions remain with the experts, not the politicians.”

One aviation expert says the aviation world is watching, along with the public.

This is Indonesia (Garuda) and they ordered a lot of planes. We will see if they follow through and cancel despite the penalties. I don’t think there will be others following Indonesia,” said Richard Aboulafia with the Teal Aviation Group. “This is not something to get upset about but on the other hand we have to watch this to see if anyone else cancels orders.”

KSN reached out to the Boeing company, but there has not been a response so far.

Spirit AeroSystems builds roughly 70 percent of the Boeing 737 in Wichita. Spirit communications deferred to the Boeing company for any comment.

WSU Tech, where there is a program to train aviation workers on assembly, says classes remain full for those who want to work in the aviation industry.

“Absolutely no feedback on Boeing,” said Andy McFayden, Executive Director, Marketing & Community Outreach at WSU Tech. “In fact, our classes are full and we are getting more interest than ever in people wanting to take advantage of our classes.”

Analysts say public confidence is not surprising.

“There’s no reason this can’t be solved,” said Aboulafia on Boeing and the 737 MAX. “This looks like software and training and not any kind of fundamental aircraft flaw. It’s just a question of keeping people confident.”

No other airline has mentioned any thoughts about an order cancel with Boeing. Boeing has orders for roughly 5,000 of the Boeing MAX planes.

Senator Moran says he will continue asking questions and getting answers.

“It is the most common question I get as a member of Congress is, what’s the next step? What’s the next thing that’s going to happen?” said Senator Moran. “We want to make sure people are safe in flying and we want to make sure decisions are not made in the heat of the moment.”

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