Trump says he would ‘FIX’ and 'REBRAND’ Boeing in tweet


"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", Trump said on Twitter.

"Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, we are highly confident that the Max will be recertified prior to this time", said the letter from Parker and Isom.

"But by extending our cancellations through the summer, we can plan more reliably for peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans". This no longer appears to be the case as preliminary reports from the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 confirm that the Boeing 737 MAX was to blame for the crash that killed all 157 on board.

Boeing is under pressure to deliver an upgrade on software that is under scrutiny in both crashes and convince global regulators that the plane is safe to fly again, a process expected to take at least 90 days.

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The airline has grounded 34 of the jets.

American Airlines had lowered one of its first quarter indicators in light of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes being grounded, along with the partial USA government shutdown and technical challenges.

The plane's grounding has also threatened the USA summer travel season, with some airlines removing the 737 from their schedules through August and canceling a number of scheduled flights. The Max aircrafts have been grounded since mid-March. 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 risky situations ― played a roll in both crashes. In the previous weeks, Boeing pilots have flown 96 test flights, totalling 160 hours with the new software and will operate more flights in the coming weeks to prove that the software fix works. A Boeing executive speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly said late last month that the training component of that update had been "provisionally approved" by regulators.

Park said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year, CNBC reported. He also noted that about two-thirds of the company's 50 737 Max operators worldwide had participated in a simulator session that included the new software. "We didn't have to make this decision today", Trump said during the announcement March 13.