Trump says Boeing should fix, then re-brand Max jets

American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits at a boarding gate at La Guardia Airport in New York. American Airlines is canceling 115 flights per day through mid August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Ma

The airline's CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom issued a statement saying it would cancel 115 flights daily through August 19, representing approximately 1.5 of the airlines' flying each day during the summer.

American Airlines has extended its cancellations for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft until August, according to published reports.

Brand Finance had previously estimated the damage to the value of Boeing's reputation at $7.5 billion immediately after the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX in five months.

The president is referring to Boeing's 737 Max, a jet airliner that suffered multiple deadly wrecks in 2018 and 2019.

Parker and Isom said they are "confident" in Boeing's impending software updates and new training proposals, and remain in continuous contact with regulatory authorities over the MAX recertification process.

Boeing is now working on a 737 MAX software update, which should see, as the company calls it, multiple layers of protection added.

United Airlines, with 14 MAX jets, has largely avoided cancellations by servicing MAX routes with larger 777 or 787 aircraft, but the airline president, Scott Kirby, warned last week that the strategy was costing it money and could not go on forever.

American also said on its website that customers can request a full refund if they choose not to be rebooked.

American Airlines passengers on Sunday took to Twitter to post complaints about cancelled flights impacting on their holidays, speaking engagements and travel to funerals, and noted problems re-booking flights. American cancelled 350 out of Dallas-Fort Worth Saturday, but that had nothing to do with the Max, said spokesman Ross Feinsten.

The cancellations were caused by hail, thunderstorms and high winds in Dallas followed by snow in Chicago, he said. "My hope is the FAA, the carriers, the manufacturers and all parties will work very hard to make this grounding as short as possible so that these airplanes can get back up in the sky".

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