Trump urges Boeing to fix, ‘rebrand’ grounded 737 Max planes

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

Both flights involved American planemaker Boeing's new 737 Max model; the crashes appear to involve the model's anti-stalling software.

Carriers that have used the aircraft since it went into service two years ago have had to rethink their flight plans since alarms were raised over its safety in the wake of two fatal crashes.

Southwest Airlines, meanwhile, removed 34 of the planes from their schedules this summer - which will result in 160 cancellations of some 4,200 daily flights between June and August.

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.

WSJ aviation reporter Andrew Tangel on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's meeting with major airlines and the two investigations into what caused the two Boeing MAX 737 plane crashes.

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AA said that its reservations team will contact affected customers directly, with passengers on cancelled flights given the choice of rebooking or obtaining a refund. Investigators have concluded that an automatic anti-stalling feature known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System ― which can point the plane's nose automatically downward in certain rare but unsafe situations ― played a roll in both crashes.

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

The tweet comes as the Chicago-based company has been under enormous pressure after the crashes spurred an worldwide grounding of the fleet and launched numerous federal investigations.

CNBC reported Boeing said Thursday it has completed 96 flights with the new Max software fix.

In remarks on Thursday, Muilenburg said the company had completed 96 test flights totaling a little over 159 hours of flight time on 737 Max jets with the updated software. "We didn't have to make this decision today", Trump said during the announcement March 13.

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