US Airlines

The Boeing crashes and the criminalization of American capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2019

At House and Senate hearings this week, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged that he knew of the dangers of the 737 Max 8, yet not a single congressman or senator suggested that he should be criminally prosecuted.

Why haven’t Boeing’s executives been arrested?

By Bryan Dyne, 21 October 2019

Internal messages leaked last week again highlight the drive by Boeing to secure short-term profits at the expense of human lives.

FAA concealed flaws in Boeing aircraft after Lion Air crash in Indonesia

By Bryan Dyne, 5 August 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration kept Boeing’s dangerous 737 Max 8 flying to protect the profits of the aerospace giant.

US regulators suppressed safety concerns surrounding Boeing 737 Max 8

By Bryan Dyne, 29 July 2019

The investigative report in the New York Times comes only days after the aerospace giant announced that it was considering halting production of the deadly aircraft.

11,000 food service workers vote to strike US airlines

By Kayla Costa, 4 July 2019

Catering workers confront not only the airline corporations but UNITE-HERE and other unions that have forced them to accept poverty level wages.

Boeing outsourced software development for faulty 737 Max 8 to cut costs

By Bryan Dyne, 3 July 2019

These revelations come alongside reports that the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is also under investigation.

US flight attendants speak out over uniforms that cause illness

By Brian Brown and Tom Hall, 12 June 2019

Rashes, burning throats and eyes, and other symptoms have been reported by thousands of flight attendants following the introduction of new uniforms at several US airlines.

After two crashes that killed 346 people

Boeing rejects pilot simulator training for 737 Max 8

By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2019

The aerospace giant is brazenly putting profits before people even as its CEO admits that the company did not correctly implement the installation of MCAS anti-stall software.

Ethiopian Airlines tells Boeing, FAA to stop blaming dead pilots for 737 crashes

By Trévon Austin, 20 May 2019

While neither the carriers nor the pilots had been informed of the existence of a new anti-stall system, Federal Aviation Administration officials are trying to scapegoat those pilots who died trying to overcome the airplane's design flaws .

“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”

Aviation reporter Rytis Beresnevičius speaks to WSWS on Boeing 737 crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019

Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.

Boeing CEO praised “streamlined” oversight of 737 plane that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia

By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019

Muilenberg’s praise for the gutting of government oversight points to the subordination of safety concerns to profit and the transformation of regulatory agencies into rubber stamps for the corporations.

Investigation shows that a malfunctioning Boeing sensor caused Ethiopian Airlines crash

By Kevin Reed, 5 April 2019

The preliminary report by the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau shows that a faulty angle-of-attack sensor was behind the crash on March 10 that killed 157 passengers and crew.

The Boeing disasters: 346 more victims of capitalism

By Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2019

In the wake of two deadly airplane crashes, it has become clear that Boeing subordinated considerations of safety to the dictates of profit and market share.

No training for pilots on new automated system

Boeing, FAA, pilots unions complicit in rushing doomed jets into service

By Trévon Austin, 18 March 2019

Southwest pilots union official: “They were building the airplane and still designing it.”

Federal Aviation Administration accused of colluding with Boeing in wake of 737 crashes

By Dan Conway, 15 March 2019

The planes were finally grounded in the US on Wednesday after the FAA repeatedly assured the public that they were safe to fly.

US grounds Boeing 737s involved in Indonesian, Ethiopian crashes

By Barry Grey, 14 March 2019

The position of Boeing and the US carriers, backed by the Federal Aviation Administration, that the planes were perfectly safe had become untenable.

Profits over people

US refuses to ground Boeing jet despite second crash in five months

By Barry Grey, 13 March 2019

There are immense financial interests bound up with the profitability and stock price of Boeing that far outweigh the danger of more destruction of human life and suffering for victims’ friends and family.

Flight attendant paralyzed after Delta ordered flight through tropical storm

The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part three

By Tom Hall, 14 February 2019

Jane’s condition has been made significantly worse by lengthy delays in treatment caused by Delta’s workers’ compensation administrator, Sedgwick.

Delta planted GPS tracker in car of disabled flight attendant

The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part two

By Tom Hall, 13 February 2019

In order to “prove” their case against injured flight attendant Ashley, Delta hired private investigators to spy on her, a common practice in workers’ comp cases.

Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS

The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part one

By Tom Hall, 12 February 2019

Several seriously injured Delta Airlines flight attendants recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the hellish ordeal confronting workers who seek assistance through the company’s workers’ compensation system.

Horizon Air worker dead after stealing airplane, crashing near Tacoma, Washington

By Alec Andersen, 14 August 2018

Asked why he stole the plane, Russell told air traffic controllers, “Minimum wage, we'll chalk it up to that. Maybe that will grease some gears a little bit with the higher-ups.”

Disregard for passenger safety exposed in wake of fatal Southwest Airlines engine explosion

By Alec Andersen, 21 April 2018

Southwest Airlines has pushed back against inspection directives even as mechanics have reportedly raised numerous safety concerns which have been dismissed by the airline.

The havoc at New York’s JFK Airport and the decay of US infrastructure

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2018

The chaos produced by a one-day snow storm has laid bare the disastrous state of social infrastructure in the capital of America’s financial oligarchy.

Trump unveils plan to privatize air traffic control system

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2017

The plan combines elements proposed by Republican and Democratic administrations over three decades, going back to the attack on the air traffic controllers union in 1981.

Fallout continues from beating of United Airlines passenger David Dao

By Marcus Day, 14 April 2017

The 69-year-old doctor violently dragged off a United Airlines flight last Sunday sustained serious injuries, including a broken nose and the loss of several teeth.

The United Airlines beating of David Dao and the case for public ownership of the airline industry

By Eric London, 12 April 2017

The beating of the 69-year-old doctor is a brutal outcome of decades of deregulation, monopolization and financialization in the airline industry.

Massive Delta Airlines computer failure creates worldwide havoc

By Shannon Jones, 9 August 2016

The chaos is a product of the absurdity of the capitalist profit system, where four major airlines and about a dozen smaller rivals compete for air service in the US.

Delta Airlines pilots hold protest over stalled contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 25 June 2016

With the airline recording massive profits, pilots are seeking to recoup concessions including average pay cuts of over 40 percent.

New York City airport workers’ job action called off by union

By Alan Whyte, 24 July 2015

A planned strike of 1,200 poorly paid New York City airport workers was called off after a deal was reached with the SEIU to achieve “labor peace.”

Major US airlines investigated for collusion and price-gouging

By Gabriel Black, 11 July 2015

The evidence shows that airlines are deliberately stopping expansion in order to limit seats on airline flights, which is driving up prices for customers and restraining competition.

Injured Boeing contract worker dies in Washington state

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 11 December 2014

Ken Otto died Sunday due to injuries suffered while working on a Boeing jet in November

Fuselage rupture in Southwest jet exposes crisis in airline industry

By James Brewer, 5 April 2011

A huge tear in the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines plane forced an emergency landing, endangering 118 lives.