Boeing 737MAX Lavatory - "You Can't Get In Them" says Flight Attendant. - American Airlines flight attendants sound alarm about Project Oasis
By Lewis Lazare – Reporter, Chicago Business JournalMay 18, 2018, 2:22pm CDT Updated May 18, 2018, 4:16pm
The airline is about to undertake a massive Boeing 737 retrofit project that has the carrier's frontline flight attendants worried.
American Airlines flight attendants, still working through a uniform crisis that dates to September 2016, are up in arms over a major retrofit project now getting underway dubbed Project Oasis.
In a nutshell, it's a project to retrofit nearly 200 Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737-800 aircraft in American's fleet to match the configuration of the much-newer Boeing 737 MAX planes that AA has only just begun to introduce into its fleet.
American has eight MAXs in service now — being flown primarily between New York City and Miami. None operates currently on flights from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, though AA is expected to have 20 in service by the end of 2018.
The MAX is said to be more efficient with a different kind of jet engine. But AA flight attendants who have worked on the new plane are no fans of the MAX cabin configuration — hence the concern that some 200 of the Boeing 737-800s will within the next two years be revamped to mirror AA's MAX layout.
AA flight attendants don't like several aspects of the MAX layout, but the biggest point of contention is the lavatories. At a recent crew meeting with AA CEO Doug Parker presiding, a LaGuardia Airport-based flight attendant was brutally blunt about the lavs, noting "You can't get in them." Additionally, the...