Yesterday I wrote about 14 grounded American Airlines Boeing 737-800s. These are planes that have undergone the ‘Oasis’ modification – to replace interiors with more seats; less comfortable seats; less distance between seats; less recline; no seat back video; and smaller lavatories plus bigger overhead bins.
All of the planes were modified by the same vendor, and American Airlines said there were issues with the overhead bins. Two planes had issues identified, and so they are inspecting all of the planes that were modified at the same facility.
However the issues may be more extensive than first reported. The five Oasis 737s grounded at Dallas Fort-Worth are being ferried to the Tulsa maintenance facility.
- According to an executive at the Transportation Workers Union there are wiring issues.
- There has also been speculation about life raft issues.
When I asked American Airlines whether “there[‘s] any work besides overhead bins being done,” specifically mentioning wiring, I was told “Our team is conducting a full inspection of these 14 aircraft.”
While they’re not confirming specifics, they’re also not claiming the issues are limited to overhead bins.