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Boeing Faces Test Getting Fliers Aboard Its 737 MAX

Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX plane could return to service this summer, yet convincing passengers the plane is safe will be one of the aviation industry's toughest consumer-relations challenges in decades.
 The aircraft has been grounded world-wide since March after two MAX jets crashed within five months of each other. The crashes, and what some carriers and pilots have described as Boeing's lack of transparency in their aftermath, have undermined confidence in the plane maker.

Coast-to-Coast Flights Are Suddenly a Steal

FROM LOS ANGELES, a flight to New York is sometimes cheaper these days than a flight to Chicago, even though it's 2½ hours longer. From Boston, you can fly 2,611 miles to Los Angeles cheaper than 91 miles to Nantucket. Flying coast-to-coast nonstop has rarely been cheaper. Airlines are embroiled in a fare war, with the number of seats on transcontinental routes at an all-time high.

Boeing Didn't Advise It Shut Off Warning

 Boeing Co. didn't tell Southwest Airlines Co. and other carriers when they began flying its 737 MAX jets that a safety feature found on earlier models that warns pilots about malfunctioning sensors had been deactivated, according to government and industry officials.
 Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors and supervisors responsible for monitoring Southwest, the largest 737 MAX customer, also were unaware of the change, the officials said.

Jet Airways Cuts Operations

MUMBAI — India's Jet Airways has drastically reduced operations as it looks for an investor to purchase a controlling stake in the airline and help reduce its mounting debt.
 The airline, which was India's second largest by market share as recently as last year, has canceled all its international flights and is flying just seven planes as it awaits a cash injection from a consortium of lenders that has taken control of the airline.

Boeing Woes Spread at Two Airlines

The grounding of Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX jetliners continues to ripple through the airline industry, with two airlines now extending flight cancellations into August as efforts to fix the planes are beset with delays.
 American Airlines Group Inc. said Sunday that it will cancel MAX flights through Aug. 19. Southwest Airlines Co., which has the biggest fleet of MAX jets, has pulled the plane from its schedules until Aug. 5. Together, the two airlines will be cutting an average of 275 flights a day.

Outsider must rebuild trust at Air France-KLM

Benjamin Smith, the new head of Air France-KLM, faces one overriding question: can he make peace with the same French unions who pushed out his predecessor and in 2015 stripped executives at the airline half naked, forcing them to flee over a fence?
 It is a tough challenge for a self described “aviation geek” who takes over a group riven by conflict that has struggled to deal with recalcitrant unions that have cost the airline €335m in strikes in the first half of this year. Everybody knows that “what's been done in the past has not helped anybody. Nobody has gained, except the

Airlines Face Safety Upgrades

Federal air-accident investigators recommended an array of enhanced safety systems in cockpits and on the ground to reduce hazards of airliners mistakenly landing on taxiways instead of designated runways, an increasingly dangerous trend across U.S. airports.
 Tuesday's action by the National Transportation Safety Board was prompted by a July 2017 near-collision involving a landing Air Canada jet that flew roughly a dozen feet above the tail of another airliner waiting to take off from San Francisco International Airport.

Salaries Are Set To Take Off for Airport Workers

Cabin cleaners and baggage handlers are among the tens of thousands of airport workers expecting a significant pay increase. After years of pressure from airport workers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to vote Thursday on raising the minimum wage at its airports to $19 an hour.
 Hector Figueroa, president of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, said Wednesday that the increase wouldn't catapult his members into the middle class.

The Science of the Long Haul

THE SONORAN DESERT is a pretty good place to research what ultralong nonstop flights do to the human body.
 Airlines and scientists are studying the effects of spending 20 hours or more in an arid cabin at high altitude. They're beginning to change everything from food service to cabin lighting and temperature to combat dehydration, jet lag and the sedentary effects of being belted into a seat for a day binge-watching movies.
 Singapore Airlines is working with nutrition and health experts at Canyon Ranch here to devise new menus and onboard wellness programs for its 9,534-mile nonstop