The CEO Of American Airlines Just Made A Startling Admission About the Boeing 737 MAX. It Won't Reassure Passengers
Posted On: May 28, 2019
Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
The saga goes on.
The accusations fly and the confidence in whether the Boeing 737 MAX is airworthy is wavering.
Even among many airline pilots.
Why, Capt. Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association -- which represents American Airlines pilots -- described Boeing as having a "poisoned, diseased philosophy."
In the middle of all this are airline CEOs, who want to end the disruption to customers and regain their confidence.
But how are they going to do that?
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker was extremely open about the sheer difficulty in persuading customers that, once the software updates on the plane are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the MAX is perfectly safe.
His airline has 24 of the planes currently grounded.
What we need to do is have the airplane deemed airworthy, be back in service, have American Airlines pilots flying it. I know, if that's the case, the aircraft is 100 percent safe.
He believes most of his customers will feel the same way. He may even be right.
I've flown the MAX twice and would fly it again. If it was the most convenient flight, that is.
Yet some airlines -- United and Southwest among them -- have already declared that any customers booked on a future MAX flight who feel uncomfortable will be re-booked on another aircraft. Free of charge.
Which sounds good, but will disrupt many travel plans.