American Airlines cancels Max flights through mid-August

American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits at a boarding gate at La Guardia Airport in New York

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August

The US and other countries, including Australia, grounded Boeing's 737 MAX planes in mid-March after deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Doing this might not be feasible for Boeing given the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in Boeing history.

President Trump offered some (probably unsolicited) advice to aviation giant Boeing on how to tackle the problems with its Boeing 737 MAX model after worldwide grounding.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Boeing Co to fix and "rebrand" its troubled 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes even as U.S. regulators continued to work with the planemaker and airlines regarding the now-grounded aircraft.

On Thursday, Southwest airlines announced the decision to extend its cancellation of Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 5.

Boeing's anti-stall software is at the center of investigations into last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Once the aircraft is recertified, which the executives said they expect will happen "soon", American plans to initially bring its MAX aircraft back on line as spares to supplement its operation as needed during the summer. All on board both planes were killed.

Boeing is working on proposed software updates that would prevent the repeated triggering of a system that can drive the plane's nose down.

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The timing of a prolonged grounding could not be worse for Northern Hemisphere carriers.

United Continental, the third US carrier with Max planes in its fleet, has not yet extended its Max-related cancellations.

American's cancellations represent 1.5 per cent of its total flights each day of the summer. American cancelled 350 out of Dallas-Fort Worth Saturday, but that had nothing to do with the Max, said spokesman Ross Feinsten.

A decline in seat capacity could mean higher last-minute summer fares, particularly for business class travelers, aviation consultants and analysts said.

American Airlines owns 24 MAX jets and is awaiting delivery of 16 more this year.

To compensate, global MAX operators have added a flight or two to other aircrafts' daily schedules and deferred some non-essential maintenance work.

United is due to publish first-quarter results on April 16, followed by Southwest on April 25 and American on April 26.

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