American Airlines says seat problem found after grounding planes

FORT WORTH, Texas, Wed Oct 3, 2012 – American Airlines said an internal investigation has revealed improperly installed clamps caused some seats to loosen in six of its aircraft and would inspect the seats in other planes.

On Monday the company said it had temporarily grounded eight aircraft after some seats came loose on two flights.

“Our maintenance and engineering teams have discovered that the root cause is a saddle clamp improperly installed on the foot of the row leg,” the company said in a statement.

The airline, whose parent AMR Corp filed for bankruptcy protection in November, is inspecting all 47 of its 102 Boeing 757 aircraft which have the same type of seat.

The Federal Aviation Administration is aware of the internal review and its findings, the company said.

The airline has already suffered disruptions to its flights due to a long-running labor dispute with its 8,000 pilots, who are expected to authorize a strike this week.

Boeing CEO McNerney: Demand for commercial planes growing

CHICAGO, Tue May 15, 2012 – Global airlines are fundamentally healthy, and demand for new airplanes is growing, Boeing Co. CEO Jim McNerney said on Tuesday.

The planemaker is raking in orders from airlines around the world as they expand their fleets or upgrade to more fuel-efficient jets.

Speaking on a webcast of the company’s annual investor conference, McNerney said Boeing was on track to build 10 787 Dreamliners per month by the end of next year.

Some experts doubt the company can hit its production rate target for the light-weight, carbon-composite airplane that came to market last year after three years of development delays.

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace and defense company, turned in a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit last month as it pulled in orders while accelerating production on all its commercial airplane programs.