American Airlines has cancelled more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets after some of its newly installed overheads bins would not close before the take-off. The result was nearly 40 canceled flights.
The airline recently embarked on an interior remodeling project of its Boeing 737-800 called ‘Project Oasis’ that would add more seats, more power sockets and bigger overhead bins in order to increase revenue for each flight. AAL is also one of the many airlines who had recently adopted this strategy to enhance revenue.
The remodeling was done by a third party vendor called Everett, a Washington-based Aviation Technical Services licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Besides the overhead bins, other problems such as loose bolts were also flagged up.
Since the work completed on these Boeing aircrafts were not up to the mark, 12 more such jets were taken out of service to evaluate the quality of work done. So far, American has remodeled close to 70 of the 304 Boeing 737-800s it has in operation.