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Boeing uncovers new issue with Boeing Max planes

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Boeing has encountered yet another challenge related to its 737 Max aircraft series.

This latest issue involves mis-drilled holes in the fuselages of the planes and has the potential to delay the delivery of approximately 50 aircraft, marking another quality concern for the company.

Stan Deal, the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, addressed the matter in a letter to Boeing employees.

He revealed that the problem had been identified by the company’s subcontractor, Spirit AeroSystems, located in Wichita, Kansas.

According to Deal, while this issue does not pose an immediate safety risk, it necessitates rework on about 50 undelivered planes.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator-in-Charge John Lovell examines the fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 MAX, which was forced to make an emergency landing with a gap in the fuselage, in Portland, Oregon, U.S. January 7, 2024. NTSB/Handout via REUTERS

Two holes

The problem came to light when an employee at Spirit AeroSystems alerted their manager to potential irregularities in the drilling of two holes, according to Deal’s statement.

This development places both Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems under increased scrutiny concerning the quality of their work. It follows an incident involving an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 on January 5th, when a panel known as a door plug blew out of the aircraft shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon.

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the incident, while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing whether Boeing and its suppliers adhered to proper quality-control procedures.

Assembly line

Notably, Spirit AeroSystems was the manufacturer of the failed door plug in the Alaska Airlines incident.

The aircraft involved had recently rolled off the assembly line just weeks before the incident occurred.

Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, the only two U.S. carriers operating the Max 9 model, reported discovering loose hardware in door plugs of other planes they inspected following the blowout incident.

Consequently, the FAA temporarily grounded all Max 9 aircraft in the U.S. a day after the event.

Two weeks later, the agency approved an inspection and maintenance process to allow the planes to resume flights. Both Alaska Airlines and United Airlines have started reintroducing some Max 9 aircraft into service.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Global markets hit record highs all thanks to AI

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Is AI the main contributor behind the soaring markets in Australia, the US, Japan, and Germany?

Financial markets worldwide have witnessed record highs, creating a wave of optimism among investors.

The surge is attributed to a combination of positive economic indicators, policy developments, and the integration of AI across key economies, including Australia, the United States, Japan, and Germany. #ticker today #featured

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Dune Part 2 sets box office ablaze with $178m worldwide

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As “Dune: Part Two” continues its intergalactic journey on the silver screen, director Denis Villeneuve’s epic sequel has ignited the international box office, amassing a stellar $97 million from 71 overseas markets.

This impressive overseas performance has propelled the film’s global tally to a promising $178.5 million, further solidifying its status as a cinematic force to be reckoned with.

Starring powerhouse talents such as Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, “Dune: Part Two” has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, earning widespread acclaim and enthusiastic support.

The film’s success in North American theaters, where it secured the biggest domestic opening weekend of the year with $81.5 million, has been complemented by robust ticket sales in international territories.

Large formats

The immense popularity of “Dune: Part Two” has been particularly evident in premium large formats, such as Imax, which accounted for 48% of initial sales, driving up the film’s revenue even further. Mary Parent, producer of “Dune,” remarked on the film’s cultural impact, expressing confidence in its longevity at the box office.

Despite facing challenges due to the hefty production and promotional costs—reportedly totaling $190 million and $100 million respectively—the sequel has already demonstrated its box office prowess, surpassing expectations in its initial run.

With a global audience eagerly embracing the continuation of Frank Herbert’s epic saga, “Dune: Part Two” is poised for a successful box office run.

The film’s international debut marks a significant milestone in Villeneuve’s career, achieving the largest opening weekend in all 71 markets—a testament to its universal appeal. Notable highlights include the United Kingdom, where it earned $11.8 million, as well as France ($9.6 million), Germany ($9.1 million), Korea ($6.9 million), and Australia ($6 million).

With upcoming releases in key markets such as China and Japan, “Dune: Part Two” is poised to further bolster its global box office performance.

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Can’t beat ’em, buy ’em – Will Apple buy an EV maker next?

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Tesla’s competitors, including Rivian, Lucid, and Fisker, find themselves grappling with significant challenges, sparking speculation about potential acquisitions and partnerships within the industry.

Rivian, once hailed as a formidable rival to Tesla, has faced a stark reversal of fortunes.

Following a disappointing quarter and outlook, the company announced a workforce reduction of approximately 10%, while its market capitalization plummeted from a peak of $153 billion in 2021 to $11 billion.

Speculation arose about tech giant Apple considering an acquisition of Rivian, with industry experts citing the company’s low valuation as a potential attraction.

Gene Munster, managing partner of Deepwater Asset Management, suggested that Apple, having recently abandoned its own EV project, might view Rivian as an opportunity to enter the EV market.

Apple’s bad luck

While Apple’s history of acquisitions has been relatively conservative, Munster emphasized the potential significance of such a move for the tech giant.

Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a grim assessment of Rivian’s prospects, highlighting the urgency for cost-cutting measures and operational improvements. Musk’s remarks underscored the precarious position facing Rivian as it navigates through challenging market conditions.

In a similar vein, Lucid Motors has experienced a substantial decline in its market capitalization, dropping from a peak of $91.4 billion to $7.6 billion.

The company’s production targets have been revised downwards significantly, leading to speculation about its future viability. Despite rumors of a potential acquisition by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, no such deal has materialized, leaving Lucid to confront its operational and financial hurdles independently.

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