American Airlines Cancels 737 MAX Flights For 4 Months

President Donald Trump touted his marketing expertise in a tweet Monday morning advising plane maker Boeing on how the beleaguered company can reclaim its brand. This comes just days after American Airlines announced the cancellation of all their Boeing 737 MAX flights through to June 5th.

Airlines and countries around the world grounded the Boeing 737 Max jets or banned them from their airspace following the crashes. He adds: "No product has suffered like this one".

Mr. Trump, who owned the Trump Shuttle airline from 1989 to 1992, has previously aired his views on the airline industry and Boeing's woes via Twitter. "But again, what the hell do I know?", he added.

Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft was grounded worldwide in March following a fatal crash on Ethiopian Airlines that killed all 157 aboard, just five months after a similar crash on Lion Air that killed all 189 passengers and crew.

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.

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Federal regulators on Friday briefed pilots and USA airlines on progress in restoring Boeing Co.'s grounded 737 Max to flight.

Initially, the Trump administration stood by Boeing's Max 8 and Max 9 following the crash, even after several global airlines and countries immediately grounded the fleet pending an investigation. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff and investigators suspect a flaw in the system's anti-stall system caused the wreck.

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. 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.

"The FAA is preparing to make an announcement very shortly regarding the new information and physical evidence that we've received from the [Ethiopia crash site] and from other locations and through a couple of other complaints", Trump said.

  • Sonia Alvarado