American Airlines extends B737 Max-related cancellations into August

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for Spain-based Air Europa rolls toward takeoff before a test flight Wednesday

Donald Trump has suggested Boeing should "rebrand" its grounded 737 Max fleet and give it "a new name" in the wake of two deadly crashes involving the jets.

In a letter to employees and customers on Sunday, American Airlines' top executives said they believed the MAX would be recertified "soon" but wanted to provide their customers reliability and confidence during "the busiest travel period of the year".

American Airlines may require its pilots to undergo additional training before flying the Boeing Max aircraft, the largest US carrier said on Monday, a step beyond what other airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration now mandate.

All 157 passengers on board the Ethiopia Airlines flight died last month when the Boeing 737 Max crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi.

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 was expected to finish the work however FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the organization wants more time.

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Many Twitter users subsequently reminded Trump about his formerly struggling airline, Trump Shuttle, amid his suggestions for Boeing 737 Max to "rebrand" itself.

"My team and I are working closely with our customers to answer their questions, get their feedback and ensure those who operate the Max are prepared when the grounding is lifted and the fleet returns to flight", Muilenburg said.

Boeing is struggling to turn the tide for the popular model which was universally grounded after two crashes left a total 346 people dead and were apparently caused by the same faulty anti-stall system. USA safety regulators have to approve the fix and decide on new training for pilots.

"We continue to await FAA and Boeing guidance on any additional training and software enhancements". A Southwest spokeswoman said the company invested in a Max flight simulator that will be operational in the second half of 2019.

It's unclear when the 737 Max will be able to resume service.

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