Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19

"We remain confident that the impending software updates, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing for the Max, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon", Parker and Isom told employees.

President Trump offered some (probably unsolicited) advice to aviation giant Boeing on how to tackle the problems with its Boeing 737 MAX model after worldwide grounding. The company should fix its troubled 737 MAX and choose a new name following the Ethiopian Air Lines and Lion Air Crashes. Some airlines are also weighing extending aircraft leases and bringing back idled planes, but with unclear MAX timing, no option is clear-cut or cheap, consultants said.

Mr. Trump added, "No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?", he added.

American Airlines said Sunday that it would extend flight cancellations for Boeing 737 Max aircraft by four months while it waits for Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration to fix and recertify the planes' flight-control systems, which have been implicated in two deadly plane crashes in recent months.

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff March 10, killing all 157 people on board.

To that, Boeing has responded with a video address by Muilenburg, who acknowledged investigators' findings that it faulty angle of attack sensor input activated Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), but retained that multiple reasons played a role in Flight 302 crash.

The plane's grounding has also threatened the USA summer travel season, with some airlines removing the 737 from their schedules through August and canceling a number of scheduled flights.

Initially, the Trump administration stood by Boeing's Max 8 and Max 9 following the crash, even after several global airlines and countries immediately grounded the fleet pending an investigation. "We didn't have to make this decision today", Trump said during the announcement March 13.

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