Sunday, September 16, 2012
Boeing, after having performed the necessary ultrasound inspections on the GEnx engines on the airplanes they have in pre-flight, flew three GE engined aircraft today (out of 4 airplanes). This does give some reassurance that deliveries of these airplanes (a least to specific customers) are moving forward. Again I don't expect Air India to take any more airplanes until at least the NTSB, GE and Boeing discover the root cause of the crack in the Fan Midshaft and implement corrective actions and/or a re-design. There would be considerable amount time added as the fan midshaft of the these engines will all have to be replaced once the root cause and a solution is found. Today ZA263 and ZA264 both for Ethiopian flew test flights. Both these flights were the B-2 flights though ZA264 still has to be painted and will probably be painted in Ft. Worth.