Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump offers FIX for Boeing 737 MAX: Add great features & REBRAND

Trump offers FIX for Boeing 737 MAX: Add great features & REBRAND

Investigators are focusing on a system that is supposed to help the Boeing workhorse aircraft avoid stalling in flight.

American Airlines announced Sunday that it was cancelling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

A total of 21 United Nations staffers and 12 aid workers were killed.

Last month, 737 Max aircraft were grounded worldwide following fatal crashes involving Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air.

Donald Trump, who owned the Trump Shuttle airline from 1989 to 1992 and is an aviation enthusiast, weighed in with his own advice.

He wrote at 3.49am PDT on Monday morning: 'What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name. "But again, what the hell do I know?"

The damaged sensor went on to trigger inaccurate data and resulted in the pilots turning the anti-stall software - known as MCAS - off, but it re-engaged and pushed the jet downwards.

"We remain confident that the impending software updates, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing for the MAX, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon".

Boeing also faces a tsunami of lawsuits arising from the 737 MAX that will amount into the billions of dollars.

United Continental, the third USA carrier with Max planes in its fleet, has not yet extended its Max-related cancellations. Boeing aims to finish fixing the planes in late April, and any changes would have to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration and foreign regulators for approval.

Senior officials at American Airlines said they were "confident" that the Boeing upgrade would be approved by United States aviation regulators before 19 August, despite its decision to ground its fleet of 24 planes until then.

The grounding of Boeing Co's fuel-efficient, single-aisle workhorse after two fatal crashes is biting into US airlines' Northern Hemisphere spring and summer schedules, threatening to disarm them in their seasonal war for profits.

Southwest Airlines have not seen a good first quarter, with the airline warning investors that they've canceled over 10,000 flights since mid-February.

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