After President Donald Trump advised Boeing to change the name of its 737 Max given the plane's recent problems, several Twitter users called him out for the running of his now-defunct airline. That means that Southwest, the largest North American operator of the 737 MAX, will work through the peak summer travel season without the 34 737 MAX 8 aircraft in their fleet.
The plane is grounded as investigations continue into the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month which killed all 157 people on board.
He continued, "No product has suffered like this one".
American Airlines Group Inc said on Sunday it is extending Boeing Co 737 MAX cancellations through August 19, leading to about 115 daily canceled flights, or 1.5 percent of its daily summer flying schedule. "But again, what the hell do I know?"
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.
AA said that updated plans will see around 115 daily flights cancelled until mid-August, equating to around 1.5 per cent of services.
Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has published a preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crash on April 4, 2019, deeming that angle of attack (AoA) sensor malfunction had a role in the tragedy.
Boeing is now working on a 737 MAX software update, which should see, as the company calls it, multiple layers of protection added. American's fleet includes 24 Max jets and the airline had previously planned to cancel flights through early June.
"We're taking a comprehensive, disciplined approach, and taking the time to make sure we get it right", he said. "People will look at it and know that it's the Boeing 737 MAX under a different name", he said.
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