The news for Boeing continues this morning. About 5% of the 737NG models tested have cracked pickle forks. Airlines are also moving airplanes and postponing 737MAX return schedules in the wake of regulatory uncertainty.
The good news is that only 5% of the NG fleet tested so far has found cracked pickle forks. The bad news is that with a fleet of 7,000, 5% would mean 350 aircraft to be repaired.
Airlines are continuing to move aircraft into storage, with Icelandair preparing for the harsh winter by ironically moving their aircraft to Toulouse, France, the home of Airbus. With several airlines having moved aircraft over the last few weeks to longer-term storage locations, it appears airlines are not anticipating a return until 1Q 2020 at the earliest, and potentially longer.
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