American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max flight cancellations

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August

American Airlines announced Sunday that it will extend its cancellations of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft through the summer months. "Neither Airbus nor Boeing like cancelations and there are stiff contracts which make this very hard", said Scott Hamilton, managing editor of the aviation news site Leeham News and Analysis.

If you haven't been following the story, the 737 Max 8 aircraft was grounded worldwide last month pending further investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration after two fatal crashes killed 346 people in just five months, and left the plane model riddled with controversy and safety concerns from both passengers and flight crews. The Max aircrafts have been grounded since mid-March.

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has published a preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crash on April 4, 2019, deeming that angle of attack (AoA) sensor malfunction had a role in the tragedy.

Park said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year, CNBC reported. Boeing developed a software update to the plane's flight systems and is rolling out new training for pilots in response. 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. From 1989 to 1992, the former businessman ran a failed airline called Trump Shuttle.

American cancelled 350 flights out of Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, but that had nothing to do with the MAX, said spokesman Ross Feinsten. Let us know in the comments! 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.

"We're working as hard as possible to rebook customers", Feinstein said. 737 MAX planes with updated software have made 96 test flights, accumulating "a little over" 159 hours of air time as of April 11, according to Muilenburg.

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