American Airlines extends B737 Max-related cancellations into August

Geraldine Edwards
April 16, 2019

In an early-morning post on Twitter, Trump, who owned the Trump Shuttle airline from 1989 to 1992 and is an aviation enthusiast, weighed in with his own advice. "But again, what the hell do I know?", he added.

This no longer appears to be the case as preliminary reports from the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 confirm that the Boeing 737 MAX was to blame for the crash that killed all 157 on board.

Initially, the Trump administration stood by Boeing's Max 8 and Max 9 following the crash, even after several worldwide airlines and countries immediately grounded the fleet pending an investigation.

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The president is referring to Boeing's 737 Max, a jet airliner that suffered multiple deadly wrecks in 2018 and 2019.

Boeing and the FAA announced March 12 that they would develop and recertify a set of modifications to the MCAS system and its related flight-control software.

A Max operated by Lion Air in October 2018 crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia, killing nearly 200 people on board.

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Airlines and countries around the world grounded the Boeing 737 Max jets or banned them from their airspace following the crashes.

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. Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would cancel its Max flights through August 5.

Boeing is now working on a 737 MAX software update, which should see, as the company calls it, multiple layers of protection added.

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American Airlines is extending flight cancellations into mid-August because of the Boeing 737 Max grounding. "Boeing isn't going to rebrand the 737", Hamilton said, pointing to Boeing's log of more than 4,600 backorders, a key sales revenue driver, and adding that the order cancelations so far were "inconsequential". "My hope is the FAA, the carriers, the manufacturers and all parties will work very hard to make this grounding as short as possible so that these airplanes can get back up in the sky".

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