Boeing 737 Max: American Airlines staff beg not to work on plane – Business Insider
American Airlines flight attendants are “begging” not to have to work on the Boeing 737 Max when it returns to service after its grounding, Lori Bassani, the head of the union representing them, said Thursday.
American Airlines flight attendants are “begging” not to have to work on the Boeing 737 Max when it returns to service after its grounding, the head of the union representing them said Thursday.
“I will tell you that I hear from flight attendants every day, and they’re begging me not to make them go back up in that plane,” Lori Bassani, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The 737 Max has been grounded around the world since March, after an Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff. It was the second disaster involving the plane in six months. The other crash, involving a Lion Air plane in Indonesia, killed 189 people in October 2018.
737 Max planes will be allowed to fly only when a software update to its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System — software that has been blamed for the two crashes — is formally approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators around the world.
“The 28,000 flight attendants working for American Airlines refuse to walk onto a plane that may not be safe and are calling for the highest possible safety standards to avoid another tragedy,” a letter signed by Bassani sent to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, according to Reuters.
American Airlines has 24 737 Max planes in its fleet, with 76 yet to be delivered by Boeing.
Airlines and staff are suing the plane manufacturer over lost wages from the plane’s grounding.
“It’s not our only aircraft, so our people didn’t really lose wages,” she told the Dallas Business Journal. “Their schedules were changed and they were impacted, but they could always get another flight on another airplane.”
Boeing has faced sharp criticism from staff of US airlines during the grounding, and earlier this week it was subject to a sharp rebuke from Jon Weaks, the head of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. Southwest operates the biggest fleet of 737 Max planes of any airline, with 34 in service before the grounding.
In a letter dated Wednesday, Weaks told colleagues he was concerned about what he said was Boeing “increasingly publicizing” the negative consequences of the plane remaining grounded.
He accused Boeing executives of using such information to pressure regulators and airlines to get the plane back in the sky as soon as possible.
Weaks went on to accuse Boeing of “arrogance, ignorance, and greed” in its approach to the 737 Max.