Trump's advice to Boeing following fatal crashes: 'REBRAND' after fixing 737 Max

Trump's advice to Boeing following fatal crashes: 'REBRAND' after fixing 737 Max

As for American Airlines, CNBC reports its decision will affect about 1.5% of its summertime flights.

And Southwest Airlines, the other US airline that has 737 Max 8 jets, also has canceled flights involving the aircraft through August. We're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9 and planes associated with that line. It earlier removed the Max from its flight schedules through June 5.

How has the grounding of the 737 MAX affected Southwest's operation?

Boeing has said it aims to finish fixing the planes in late April, and any changes would have to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA and foreign regulators for approval. "The companies will swap airplane types, however, if it comes to this".

The model has suffered two deadly crashes in a matter of months, the first last October in Indonesia with the death of all 189 people on board and then in Ethiopia on March 10, killing all 157 aboard. 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 unsafe situations ― played a roll in both crashes. Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would cancel its Max flights through August 5.

In an early morning tweet from Washington, Trump offered the world's biggest jet manufacturer a slice of his unique wisdom, saying Boeing should give the jet a new name. According to the publication, he surrendered ownership of Trump Shuttle to creditors in 1990 after he wasn't making enough money. "Trump is a boob".

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Muilenburg did not say when 737 Max planes may begin flying again.

Aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group agreed.

A software upgrade for an anti-stall system is being developed at the Chicago-based Boeing company.

"We're focused on testing and implementing the software update and rebuilding the trust of our airline customers, pilots and the traveling public", a spokesperson told AFP. Let us know in the comments!

Rebranding would impose additional costs on the airlines which would be required to fully retrain pilots. 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.

Aviation analysts largely agree and expect the grounding to be lifted by the end of August.