The FAA will allow United to use aircraft closed after an engine failure – The Morning Call

Federal safety regulators have approved for United Airlines a way to resume the use of dozens of Boeing 777 aircraft that were suspended after the engine of one aircraft exploded over Denver last year.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on Tuesday that it had approved the steps needed to resume flights using aircraft that have Pratt & Whitney engines.

United’s chief commercial officer Andrew Nocello said some of the planes would be in use within a week. The planes recently appeared on United’s schedule starting May 26th.

The 52 aircraft account for about 10% of United’s passenger traffic, “so that’s really and very essential” for United’s business, Nocella told a Bank of America conference.

Last week, United Senior Vice President Patrick Quayle said the airline would start using several aircraft on routes to the U.S. and then add them to flights to Hawaii and international destinations beginning in early and mid-June. He said United plans to fix about 20 of them by the end of June.

The planes were shut down in February 2021 after a plane heading to Hawaii had its engine failed shortly after takeoff and shed rain over the Denver area. The pilots were able to return to Denver airport and land safely.

Shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc. rose more than 6% in southern bidding, expanding previous gains after the airline raised its passenger revenue forecast due to rising demand for travel.

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