Trump says Boeing should fix, 'rebrand' grounded 737 MAX jet

Trump says Boeing should fix, 'rebrand' grounded 737 MAX jet

Kerry Wise
April 16, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Boeing Co to fix and "rebrand" its troubled 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes even as U.S. regulators continued to work with the planemaker and airlines regarding the now-grounded aircraft.

American Airlines is extending the cancellation of its Boeing 737 Max 8 flights from June until mid-August.

Trump took to Twitter in the early hours of this morning to offer his advice to Boeing on how to revive the 737 Max brand.

A Max operated by Lion Air in October 2018 crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia, killing nearly 200 people on board.

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff March 10, killing all 157 people on board. However, Trump Shuttle isn't remembered as one of the president's better business ventures - within three years, he would sell the airline and be on the hook for at least $100 million in debt he had personally guaranteed when he purchased the venture from Eastern Airlines in 1989, according to the New York Times. "No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?", he added.

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Southwest Airlines also removed the Max jet from its schedule through August 5, and United canceled Max flights through June 5, according to the report.

Investigators are looking at whether a software program in the passenger jet that controls the plane's nose was a factor in the two crashes.

Boeing is working on proposed software updates that would prevent the repeated triggering of a system that can drive the plane's nose down.

Ivanka Trump today honored the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash by attending a special ceremony and laying a wreath in the country's capital Addis Ababa during her tour of Africa. The FAA have convened a meeting on April 12 with safety representatives of the three USA -based airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets, as well as the pilot unions for those airlines.

"We're taking a comprehensive, disciplined approach, and taking the time to make sure we get it right", he said.