American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max flight cancellations through late April

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Boeing has repeatedly refused to comment on the crash citing rules set out by the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which limit what those involved, other than the airline, say during a crash investigation.

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. Southwest Airlines is also continuing to make cancellations.

Several countries have grounded their Boeing 737 Max planes including Argentina (Aerolíneas Argentinas), Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (GOL Linhas Aéreas), Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Ethiopia, EASA member states, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico (Aeromexico), Mongolia (MIAT Mongolian Airlines), Morocco (Royal Air Maroc), Netherlands, Norway (Norwegian), Oman, Poland, Singapore, South Africa (Comair), South Korea (Eastar Jet), Turkey, United Kingdom (TUI Airways) and United States.

This month, a second deadly crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines MAX in Addis Ababa triggered the fleet's worldwide grounding.

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The plane was effectively grounded around the world last week after US President Donald Trump ordered the 737 MAX 8s out of service until the similarities between the two crashes of the aircraft were fully investigated.

The cancellation of 49 planes doesn't in any way directly threaten this revenue stream, but it remains to be seen if this is an isolated concern or the beginning of a larger trend of cancellations from other airlines who have no use for airplanes that can not fly.

Boeing said on Saturday it was continuing to schedule meetings with all 737 MAX operators.

American has 24 of the 737 Max 8 jets.

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A Boeing spokesman said the Wednesday event was one of a series of in-person information sessions.

The Ethiopian Airlines crash and an October crash by Indonesia's Lion Air killed 346 people in total and sparked the biggest crisis in decades for Boeing. South Korean low-priced carrier Eastar Jet will send two pilots, a spokesman said.

Teams from USA airlines Southwest, United Airlines and American Airlines that own 737 MAX jets went to Boeing Co's factory in Renton, Washington, to review the software upgrade on Saturday, as the FAA prepares to receive and review the fixes.

It remained unclear whether the software upgrade, called "design changes" by the FAA, will resolve concerns stemming from the ongoing investigation into the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all 157 on board.

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In the case of the Lion Air incident, investigators believed that the new automated system erroneously detected stalling conditions, forcing the plane's nose to dive despite the pilots' attempts to manually override it. It also included some self-guided instruction, the official added.

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