American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max flight cancellations through late April

American Airlines plans to cancel flights well into April because of the Boeing 737 Max grounding

Ethiopian and French investigators have pointed to "clear similarities" between the 2 crashes, which killed 346 people, putting pressure on Boeing and U.S. regulators to come up with an adequate fix.

Airlines worldwide grounded the jet after the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight this month.

The company is one of the biggest 737 Max 8 customers, owning 34 of the planes.

American started canceling flights using the 737 Max planes on March 13 when the Federal Aviation Administration grounded them, American Airlines spokesperson Crystal Byrd said.

Boeing Co is expected as early as Monday to formally disclose a planned upgrade to its anti-stall system to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that has been in the works since October's Lion Air crash but still needs approval from USA regulators.

"Right now we're in wait and see mode to see what Boeing comes up with", Captain Jason Goldberg, a spokesman for APA, said on Saturday.

The U.S. official said planned changes included 15 minutes of training to help pilots deactivate the anti-stall system known as MCAS in the event of faulty sensor data or other issues.

He says that having only USA doing investigation might affect the objectivity of the investigation since there is "little independence and stakeholder confidence".

Tewolde rejected this, adding: "The angle of attack indicator was on the optional list along with the inflight entertainment system".

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Garuda rival Lion Air is also weighing what to do its order - 190 Boeing jets worth $22 billion at list prices.

Currently, more than 5,000 737 MAX 8s have been ordered from the company, with each plane costing around $100 million, the total value of the outstanding orders for the 737 MAX 8 is likely north of half a trillion dollars about the next 5-10 years.

American, the world's largest airline, said Sunday it is canceling about 90 flights a day out through April 24.

The cancellation of 49 planes doesn't in any way directly threaten this revenue stream, but it remains to be seen if this is an isolated concern or the beginning of a larger trend of cancellations from other airlines who have no use for airplanes that can not fly.

FILE PHOTO: A wing of the Boeing 737 MAX is pictured during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 7, 2015.

The FAA which certifies planes expects to approve these design changes no later than April, it has said.

American Airlines and Southwest pilots were set to test simulators with the updates on Saturday, according to the sources.

Southwest and United Airlines said they would also review documentation and training associated with Boeing's updates.

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