U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Boeing Co to fix and "rebrand" its troubled 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes even as U.S. regulators continued to work with the planemaker and airlines regarding the now-grounded aircraft.
Airlines are being forced to ground their planes longer than expected after Boeing and the FAA said the company needs more time to complete changes to a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in the crashes.
Southwest Airlines also removed the Max jet from its schedule through August 5, and United canceled Max flights through June 5, according to the report.
American Airlines had lowered one of its first quarter indicators in light of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes being grounded, along with the partial United States government shutdown and technical challenges.
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.
American's cancellations represent 1.5 per cent of its total flights each day of the summer.
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Currently, Boeing has pilots from American Airlines testing a software update to the MCAS system in the simulator at the Boeing facility in Renton, Washington.
Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would be cancelling its MAX flights until August 5.
Boeing also faces a tsunami of lawsuits arising from the 737 MAX that will amount into the billions of dollars.
"You can't hide the 737, you've got thousands of them of all types flying worldwide today for airlines", Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst and founder of Atmosphere Research Group, told Business Insider.
American Airlines owns 24 MAX jets and is awaiting delivery of 16 more this year.
"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". Let us know in the comments!
Numerous families of the 346 victims of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 have filed multiple lawsuits against Boeing.