Donald Trump says Boeing should overhaul 737 MAX planes

by Garry Watts April 16, 2019, 0:18
Donald Trump says Boeing should overhaul 737 MAX planes

Boeing is now working on a 737 MAX software update, which should see, as the company calls it, multiple layers of protection added.

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.

On Thursday, Southwest airlines announced the decision to extend its cancellation of Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 5.

The grounding of Boeing Co's fuel-efficient, single-aisle workhorse after two fatal crashes is biting into U.S. airlines' Northern Hemisphere spring and summer schedules, threatening to disarm them in their seasonal war for profits. 737 MAX planes with updated software have made 96 test flights, accumulating "a little over" 159 hours of air time as of April 11, according to Muilenburg.

The chief of Ethiopian Airlines says the warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max aircraft may not have been enough following the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people.

The timing of a prolonged grounding could not be worse for Northern Hemisphere carriers.

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But by extending cancellations through the summer, the airline can plan more reliably for the peak travel season, said Doug Parker, American's chairman and CEO, and Robert Isom, its president, in a letter to employees on Sunday (local time).

That also meant some flights that were not scheduled to take place on a MAX plane might be cancelled because the airline aimed to affect the smallest number of customers.

"We're not denying that it's going to be a challenge for us", American spokesman Ross Feinstein said. The airline had originally canceled flights with MAX aircraft through April 20th.

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

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

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