American Airlines extends B737 Max-related cancellations into August

American Airlines extends B737 Max-related cancellations into August

American Airlines extends B737 Max-related cancellations into August

Boeing should seek to turn around the fortunes of its 737 Max jet by rebranding the model, according to U.S. president Donald Trump.

The US carrier has been cancelling around 90 flights per day since the new generation Boeing aircraft was grounded in March, following the second fatal accident involving the jet.

President Donald Trump offered some unsolicited business advice for Boeing on Monday, but his comments are dredging up memories of Trump's failed attempt at entering the airline industry. 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. He adds: "No product has suffered like this one".

The advice comes after Boeing CEO expressed "the enormous gravity" that the company felt regarding Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 crashes. "But again, what the hell do I know?", he added.

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. From 1989 to 1992, the former businessman ran a failed airline called Trump Shuttle.

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Boeing investigators are working with the Ethiopian government to identify the cause of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been meeting major airlines and convened a joint review with aviation regulators from other countries, while federal prosecutors, the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general's office and a blue-ribbon panel are reviewing the plane's certification.

Southwest Airlines also removed the Max jet from its schedule through August 5, and United canceled Max flights through June 5, according to the report.

"The FAA is preparing to make an announcement very shortly regarding the new information and physical evidence that we've received from the [Ethiopia crash site] and from other locations and through a couple of other complaints", Trump said.

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