American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

Boeing has come under intense scrutiny - from regulatory agencies and customers alike - since two 737 Max planes crashed within a five-month window, killing 346 people.

Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has apologised on behalf of Boeing for lives lost in two recent accidents and promised that it would address the risk that flight software meant to prevent the plane stalling could be activated by wrong data.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed in the Java Sea on October 12, killing all 189 people on board.

And Southwest Airlines, the other USA airline that has 737 Max 8 jets, also has canceled flights involving the aircraft through August. The Max aircrafts have been grounded since mid-March.

In remarks on Thursday, Muilenburg said the company had completed 96 test flights totaling a little over 159 hours of flight time on 737 Max jets with the updated software. US safety regulators have to approve the fix and decide on new training for pilots.

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Initial reports in the wake of the FAA's decision to ground the Boeing 737 MAX pointed towards a quick software fix that could have allowed the aircraft to return to service in a matter of weeks. The FAA have convened a meeting on April 12 with safety representatives of the three US -based airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets, as well as the pilot unions for those airlines.

Southwest now has 34 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in their fleet, and has 246 more aircraft on order with Boeing.

"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".

Southwest Airlines have not seen a good first quarter, with the airline warning investors that they've canceled over 10,000 flights since mid-February.

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. The airline had originally canceled flights with MAX aircraft through April 20th. Some airlines are also weighing extending aircraft leases and bringing back idled planes, but with unclear MAX timing, no option is clear-cut or cheap, consultants said. Let us know in the comments!

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