American Airlines cancels summer flights as Boeing 737 Max fears persist

American Airlines cancels summer flights as Boeing 737 Max fears persist

Park said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year, CNBC reported.

American Airlines has been forced to extend flight cancellations due to the grounding of the B737 Max until August 19.

United Airlines, which also ordered the 737 MAX 9, did not respond to an AFP query.

American, the world's largest airline, made a decision to extend cancellations from early June through August 19, to help plan ahead for the busy summer travel season.

American already cut a key industry revenue metric - Total Revenue per Available Seat-Mile, or TRASM - saying it will rise one percent in 2019, down from a prior estimate of two percent.

Boeing and the FAA announced March 12 that they would develop and recertify a set of modifications to the MCAS system and its related flight-control software. Investigators have concluded that an automatic anti-stalling feature known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System ― which can point the plane's nose automatically downward in certain rare but risky situations ― played a roll in both crashes.

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said on Thursday the planemaker is closing in on a fix for the software, and a majority of the 50 customers that have ordered 737 Max planes have had a chance to test it using a flight simulator. Trump acquired $365 million to purchase 21 Boeing 727s to offer flights from Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.

President Donald Trump said Monday that Boeing should "rebrand" its 737 Max airplane, which has been taken out of passenger service worldwide following two high-profile fatal crashes in recent months.

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. "Trump is a boob".

Southwest has removed the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from its schedule through to August 5th to add further stability for customers booking their summer travel.

Aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group agreed.

Chicago-based Boeing has been developing a software upgrade for an anti-stall system under scrutiny in both crashes.

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