Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

American Airlines Cancels Boeing 737 MAX Flights Into June

American Airlines Cancels Boeing 737 MAX Flights Into June

The two USA airlines are bracing for a long-term grounding, days after the FAA confirmed that the update of the Boeing 737 MAX would not be ready for "weeks".

Earlier in the week, Southwest also admitted that the grounding of its 34 737 MAX planes has led to canceling about 150 flights per day, and would do so all the way until May 2019.

Shares of Boeing Co fell 5 percent on Monday after the company said it would cut production of its 737 MAX aircraft, as it struggles with worldwide grounding of the narrowbody jet following two fatal crashes in less than five months.

American Airlines has announced that it will cancel all Boeing 737 MAX flights through to June 5th.

The airline had originally canceled Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights through to April 24th. The pilots were unable to regain control, suggesting the procedure wasn't as simple as Boeing made it seem and undercutting its previous attempts to deflect blame away from itself as it insisted the plane was airworthy.

Preliminary reports into accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia found that faulty sensor readings erroneously triggered an anti-stall system that pushed the plane's nose down. Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610 nosedived into the sea last October, killing all 189 passengers and crew.

The airline has 24 737 Max jets in its fleet.

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"A six month delay also means lower margins due to penalties owed to customers, weaker negotiating position with airlines as airlines consider cancellations, and operational inefficiencies from the production disruption", Epstein said.

(Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images) People stand near collected debris at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 11, 2019.

We really do not know at this point.

Boeing said it would not comment on the lawsuit directly and extended its "heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302".

"We have chose to temporarily move from a production rate of 52 airplanes per month to 42 airplanes per month starting in mid-April", CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement Friday. Boeing said at the time of the grounding that it expected that update to be available "within weeks".

"We are taking proactive, measured steps to invest in the health of our production system and supply chain, best positioning us for the future", Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement Friday.

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