Trump says Boeing should fix, 'rebrand' grounded 737 MAX jet

Apr 16, 2019, 00:22
Trump says Boeing should fix, 'rebrand' grounded 737 MAX jet

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.

The airline's CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom issued a statement saying it would cancel 115 flights daily through August 19, representing approximately 1.5 of the airlines' flying each day during the summer.

The plane's grounding has also threatened the USA summer travel season, with some airlines removing the 737 from their schedules through August and canceling a number of scheduled flights.

With peak travel season approaching, United States airlines are faced with an unusual problem: not enough planes for this summer's eager vacationers.

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A few days later, he called for the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX planes in the US despite Boeing and the FAA's earlier statements of confidence in the aircraft.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 remains grounded in the USA following two deadly crashes under similar circumstances within a matter of months. The plane-maker aims to finish fixing the planes in late April, and changes would have to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration and foreign regulators for approval.

Parker and Isom said they are "confident" in Boeing's impending software updates and new training proposals, and remain in continuous contact with regulatory authorities over the MAX recertification process.

It means 115 fights per day will be stopped.

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Not all flights previously scheduled on a Max will be canceled, and other other aircraft maybe substituted, the airline said.

American also said on its website that customers could request a full refund if they chose not to be rebooked.

American cancelled 350 flights out of Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, but that had nothing to do with the MAX, said spokesman Ross Feinsten.

"At Boeing we understand that lives literally depend on the work we do, and that requires the utmost excellence and integrity in how we do that work", Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Forum on April 11, 2019.

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