Ryanair’s 737 MAX 200 design issue prompts new delays

AeroTime Daily News | November 29, 2019
In another blow to its business, the Ryanair Group now expects to receive only 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2020 due to a newly discovered design issue with the over-wing exit on the airline’s modified MAX 8 model, the 737-8-200. Reports indicate that the carrier now expects the planes no earlier than in May of 2020.
A day after Hong Kong Airlines admitted that salary payments for nearly half of its staff would be delayed as a consequence of its financial troubles, the Air Transport Licensing Authority of Hong Kong is reportedly considering suspending the carrier’s operating license. Could the financial pressure be too much for the airline to handle?
Irkut Corporation, part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), has completed the construction of the fourth MC-21-300 aircraft for flight tests. The UAC plans to manufacture six MC-21s in 2021 and twice as many aircraft of the same type by 2022, bringing production to 72 aircraft by 2025.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ non-stop flight to Mexico ended up in bizarre circumstances on November 28, 2019. The flight turned around back to its origin of departure in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, when the aircraft was already over North America, with passengers having to endure a 12 hour back and forth trip over the Atlantic.
Barely more than a year after its creation, rumors say the low-cost airline Norwegian Air Argentina could cease operations after the end of the winter season. Its parent company denied the claim. But Norwegian Air Argentina only displays flights until March 28, 2020 on its system, raising suspicions.

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