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Trump says Boeing should fix, 'rebrand' grounded 737 MAX jet

15 April 2019, 03:12 | Devin Moran

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max flight cancellations

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August

American Airlines has announced it will cancel 115 flights a day until mid-August due to ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged, for the first time, that bad data feeding into an automated flight system on the ill fated MAX 8 jetliners played a role in two crashes after Ethiopian aviation officials said their investigation found no pilot error in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addid Ababa.

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. The FAA have convened a meeting on April 12 with safety representatives of the three US -based airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets, as well as the pilot unions for those airlines.

Earlier this week, competitor Southwest Airlines said it would operate its 34 aircraft of the same model starting August 5.

United Airlines, with 14 MAX jets, has largely avoided cancellations by servicing MAX routes with larger 777 or 787 aircraft, but the airline president, Scott Kirby, warned last week that the strategy was costing it money and could not go on forever.

Normally U.S. airlines compete to sell tickets and fill seats during the peak summer travel season.




Boeing is struggling to turn the tide for the popular model which was universally grounded after two crashes left a total 346 people dead and were apparently caused by the same faulty anti-stall system. "Once the Max is recertified, we anticipate bringing our Max aircraft back on line as spares to supplement our operation as needed during the summer".

The grounding of Boeing Co's fuel-efficient, single-aisle workhorse after two fatal crashes is biting into USA airlines' Northern Hemisphere spring and summer schedules, threatening to disarm them in their seasonal war for profits.

The airline, which has 24 MAX jets, said its reservations and sales teams would work with customers to manage their travel plans.

That also meant some flights that were not scheduled to take place on a MAX plane might be cancelled because the airline aimed to affect the smallest number of customers.

"We're not denying that it's going to be a challenge for us", American spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

"We're working as hard as possible to rebook customers", he added.



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