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American Airlines cancels all Boeing MAX flights until new software is installed

Acting defense secretary under probe over Boeing ties American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August
Deanna Wagner | 15 April, 2019, 16:31

US President Donald Trump lambasted the Boeing 737 MAX plane on Monday, saying it should be improved with unspecified new features and given a new name.

The move is to "provide confidence" to customers during the peak summer travel season, the airline said in a letter.

American Airlines is cancelling 115 flights a day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing is under pressure to deliver an upgrade on software that is under scrutiny in both crashes and convince global regulators that the plane is safe to fly again, a process expected to take at least 90 days. The airline had originally canceled flights with MAX aircraft through April 20th.

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

Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would be cancelling its MAX flights until August 5.

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"We remain confident that the impending software updates, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing for the Max, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon", American said. "That is why if we have to extend cancellations based on aircraft availability we will do so as far in advance as possible".

Investigators are looking at whether a software program in the passenger jet that controls the plane's nose was a factor in the two crashes.

The report said it was unclear when the aircraft will return, as Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix. 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 risky situations, and a new pilot training course.

It earlier removed the Max from its flight schedules through June 5. The company should fix its troubled 737 MAX and choose a new name following the Ethiopian Air Lines and Lion Air Crashes.

"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.