American Airlines cancels summer flights as Boeing 737 Max fears persist

15 April, 2019, 16:32 | Author: Carlos George
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Amid the ongoing Boeing 737 MAX scandal, the company's share price has plummeted and global fleets of the problematic plane are grounded, but one unlikely source has offered some advice: Donald Trump.

"Based upon our ongoing work with the FAA and Boeing, we are highly confident that the MAX will be re-certified prior to this time", they said in a statement posted on the company's website.

"By extending our cancellations through the summer, we can plan more reliably for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans", Parker and Isom wrote. American's fleet includes 24 Max jets and the airline had previously planned to cancel flights through early June.

Southwest has removed the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from its schedule through to August 5th to add further stability for customers booking their summer travel.

The plane is grounded as investigations continue into the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month which killed all 157 people on board.

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"We're working as hard as possible to rebook customers", he added. The software fix is to include changes to prevent the system from overreacting to bad data, a new set of cockpit alerts created to make pilots aware of potentially unsafe situations, and a new pilot training course.

A preliminary report says the aircraft nosedived several times before it hit the ground despite pilots "repeatedly" following the procedures set out by Boeing. A Boeing executive speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly said late last month that the training component of that update had been "provisionally approved" by regulators.

Boeing is expected to submit a software update to the FAA in the next few weeks for review and possibly approval.

Park said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year, CNBC reported. For one test flight in early April, Muilenburg joined the pilots on one of the planes.

"This has without a doubt damaged Boeing's reputation and we foresee a dent to the (Boeing) brand's value at over $12 billion (£9 billion)", Chief Executive David Haigh said by email when asked about Trump's comments.

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