Tuesday, 16 April 2013

WestJet sees no safety concerns with Boeing 737 aircraft

WestJet sees no safety concerns with Boeing 737 aircraft, Canada-based airline WestJet says they see no safety concerns with their fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737s in response to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement on Monday calling for all operators to replace pins in the aircraft’s structure.

Known as a FAA airworthiness directive, the concern refers to an issue with the protective coating on pins located in the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, which attach the main stabilizers to the fuselage on the Boeing planes. The horizontal stabilizers control the plane's ability to ascend, maintain level flight and descend.

The directive calls for Boeing operators to replace only those pins having a specific part number with an improved version prior to the aircraft reaching 56,000 cycles (take-offs and landings). Currently, the oldest WestJet aircraft is nowhere near that, at less than 20,000 cycles, the company said in a press statement on Monday.

"This directive does not represent a safety concern within WestJet's fleet and no action needs to be taken outside of regularly scheduled maintenance," said Cam Kenyon, WestJet's executive vice-president, Operations. "As per our regular maintenance schedule, we will inspect and replace this part if needed. We do not anticipate any service disruptions.”

WestJet offers scheduled service to 85 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The airline operates a fleet of more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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