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TechnologyAmerican Airlines CEO says 'highly likely' Boeing 737 MAX will fly by mid-August

18:50  12 june  2019
18:50  12 june  2019 Source:

Boeing 737 Max jets will be grounded until August at least, IATA says

Boeing 737 Max jets will be grounded until August at least, IATA says The Boeing 737 Max jet that was grounded after two deadly crashes will not fly before mid-August at the earliest, the global airline trade group said Wednesday. The spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, Anthony Concil, said the group estimates the planes will remain grounded for at least another 10-12 weeks, though regulators like the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will have final say. The plane was grounded in mid-March after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max. A Lion Air Max crashed in October off the Indonesian coast. In all, 346 people died.

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc cut its 2019 profit forecast on Friday, blaming an estimated 0 million hit from the grounding of Boeing ’s 737 MAX planes during its busiest travel season, but said it was confident the aircraft would start flying by mid - August .

Plane grounded after two crashes likely to remain grounded into peak season. The Boeing 737 Max aircraft will not return to the skies before August , according to the head of aviation’s main trade The 737 Max disasters have ignited tensions between regulators on either side of the Atlantic, amid US operators United Airlines , American Airlines and Southwest Airlines , early customers of the model

American Airlines CEO says 'highly likely' Boeing 737 MAX will fly by mid-August© Reuters/Handout . FILE PHOTO: Handout photo of American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX jets sit parked at a facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma

CHICAGO (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc Chief Executive Doug Parker said it was "highly likely" that the grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX would be flying by mid-August following regulatory approval for a software fix.

On Sunday American extended cancellations of about 115 daily flights until Sept. 3 from Aug. 19, as regulators have yet to approve flight of the plane again following two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia within five months.

Parker said the decision to extend cancellations merely reflected scheduling needs for pilots and flight attendants.

Boeing makes first 737 MAX sale since plane’s worldwide grounding

Boeing makes first 737 MAX sale since plane’s worldwide grounding International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of several major carriers, has put in an order for 200 Boeing 737 MAX planes, the first sale since the aircraft was grounded after fatal crashes. IAG owns Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia, among other European carriers, according to CNN. Boeing and IAG announced a letter of intent for the purchase at the Paris Air Show, reported CNN. Boeing 737 MAX jets have been grounded since earlier this year in the wake of two major crashes that killed more than 300 people in total. A software glitch was partly to blame, and the manufacturer has been toiling to fix that and get the planes back in the air.

The Boeing 737 MAX is a narrow-body aircraft series designed and produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes as the fourth generation of the Boeing 737 , succeeding the Boeing 737 Next Generation

American Airlines says Boeing is working on software updates and new training elements. After the Boeing 737 MAX flights were suspended worldwide in March, American Airlines said it would cancel all flights involving the plane until August .

"No one should take that as an indication that we don't think the aircraft will be ready by Aug 19," Parker said during the company's annual shareholders meeting.

"We wouldn't be selling seats today if we didn't think it was highly likely (...) that we'd be able to provide that service by Sept. 3," he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it does not have a specific timetable on when the 737 MAX jet would return to service.

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Steve Orlofsky; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Toronto man who lost family in Ethiopian plane crash testifies at US Congress.
WASHINGTON — A Toronto man who lost his family in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max jet in Ethiopia has told a U.S. congressional panel that the aviation company should not allow that aircraft model to fly again. Paul Njoroge says the Max — which is currently grounded — has a design flaw and will lead to more deaths if it takes to the skies in the future. The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on March 10 near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people on board. Njoroge says he can't stop thinking about the final moments of his wife, three young kids and mother-in-law as the plane went down shortly after takeoff.

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