American Airlines extends 737 Max-related cancellations

American Airlines extends 737 Max-related cancellations

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

"We had a productive session this past Saturday and plan to reach all current and many future MAX operators and their home regulators".

"Right now, we're in a wait-and-see mode to see what Boeing comes up with", said APA spokesman Jason Goldberg, who is part of a delegation of airline safety experts and pilots set to test the upgrade.

United Airlines, which has 14 Max aircraft, does not have any flights scheduled on the equipment through April 9.

U.S. air-safety regulators are leaning towards approving Boeing's changes to software and pilot training for the Max, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier, citing people familiar with the matter.

Southwest Airlines, which has 34 737 Max jets, said it is only canceling five days out at this point.

Tewolde, the airline's chief executive, said until there were more answers about the 737 MAX, the planes should remain grounded, adding, "Putting one more life at risk is too much".

Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration have come under scrutiny over the certification of the 737 Max aircraft after crashes of an Ethiopian Airlines flight this month and a Lion Air flight in October raised concern about an automated safety system on the plane.

A Boeing spokeswoman said the Wednesday event was one of a series of in-person information sessions.

"This is part of our ongoing effort to share more details about our plan for supporting the safe return of the 737 MAX to commercial service", Boeing said.

Airlines around the world grounded the aircraft an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed earlier this month, killing 157 people.

Ari Ashkara, president and CEO of Garuda was quoted by the media as saying: "We have sent the letter to (Kevin) McAllister (president and CEO of Boeing Company) that we are cancelling the 49 units on order".

Teams from the three US airlines that own 737 MAX jets were heading to Boeing Co's factory in Renton, Washington, to review a software upgrade on Saturday, even as Southwest Airlines Co began parking its 34 MAXs near the California desert.

Although it will take months to determine the exact cause of both crashes, investigators in the Lion case have honed in on the MCAS automated anti-stalling system created to point the nose of the plane downward if it is in danger of stalling, or losing lift.

Boeing said on Saturday it was continuing to schedule meetings with all B-737 Max operators.

Boeing said in a March 11 press release that it was working with the FAA on enhanced training and a software update involving the MCAS feature that would be released "no later than April". It also included some self-guided instructions, the official added.

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