Boeing corporation has revealed issues with power supply in 60 planes of 737 MAX type. The aircraft will need to be grounded until the fix will be established. It will affect 16 airlines across the world, however, not in Iceland.
“Icelandair is not among these 16 airlines,” the airline’s press-officer Ásdís Ýr Pétursdóttir told Flugblogg. “The aircraft we have in service are not affected and therefore not Icelandair.”
The Seattle Times reported that the problem, according to two people with knowledge of the modified manufacturing process, arose when “a backup electrical power control unit was secured to a rack on the flight deck with fasteners — in place of the rivets previously used”.
“This change was executed in such a way that it did not provide a complete electrical grounding path to the unit. The lack of secure electrical grounding could potentially cause malfunctions in a variety of electrical systems, such as the engine anti-ice system and the auxiliary power unit (APU) in the plane’s tail”.
In the first half of 2021, Icelandair is exploiting only two Boeing 737 MAX, regs TF-ICE and TF-ICN. According to the airline’s plan, 12 planes of this type will fly for the company starting next year.