Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

"If I Were Boeing...": What Donald Trump Advised The Airline


American Airlines announced Sunday that it was cancelling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The model has suffered two deadly crashes in a matter of months, the first last October in Indonesia with the death of all 189 people on board and then in Ethiopia on March 10, killing all 157 aboard.

Senior officials at American Airlines said they were "confident" that the Boeing upgrade would be approved by USA aviation regulators before 19 August, despite its decision to ground its fleet of 24 planes until then.

American had previously planned to suspend MAX flights through June 5.

Low-priced carrier Southwest, which unlike its rivals only flies Boeing 737s, had estimated $150 million in lost revenue between February 20 and March 31 alone due to MAX cancellations and other factors.

Last week, Boeing investors filed a class-action lawsuit in Chicago alleging Boeing defrauded its shareholders by failing to reveal potential safety shortcomings of the 737 MAX after the two fatal crashes.

American's cancellations represent 1.5 per cent of its total flights each day of the summer. US safety regulators have to approve the fix and decide on new training for pilots.


All Boeing 737 MAX flights in the USA have been grounded since March 13, following two deadly crashes within five months that killed a total of 346 people.

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

American is the third major USA airline to announce a suspension of 737 MAX flights.

So far airlines have said it is too soon to estimate the impact of the MAX grounding beyond the first quarter, but the extended cancellations signal that they do not expect a quick return of Boeing's fast-selling jetliner.

"But by extending our cancellations through the summer, we can. provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans".

How has the grounding of the 737 MAX affected Southwest's operation?

"We own it and we know how to do it", Muilenburg added.

Ivanka Trump today honored the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash by attending a special ceremony and laying a wreath in the country's capital Addis Ababa during her tour of Africa.

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