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American Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing 737 flights amid calls for permanent ban

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The world largest airline, American Airlines, has extended the ban on Boeing 737 Max flights from August 19th to September 3, 2019.

This is because the ban on Boeing 737 Max flights has not yet been lifted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX at Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S in May 10, 2019.
|Source: Reuters |

Therefore, 115 flights will continue being cancelled daily until September 3rd, which is 1.5 per cent of American Airlines’ daily flights.

On Sunday, Boeing said it’s continuing “to work with global regulators to provide them with the information they need to certify the MAX update and related training and education material and safely return the fleet to service.”

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However, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who also lost a grandniece in the Ethiopian Air crush, has demanded that the plane be grounded permanently.

“The 737 Max must never fly again. It’s not a matter of software. It’s a matter of structural design defect: the plane’s engines are too much for the traditional fuselage,” Nader said at an aviation safety event in Washington.

Boeing 737 Max flights were banned by American Airlines in March 2019 after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed and killed everyone on board.

The crash happened only months after a similar plane from Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed. The total number of people who succumbed in both planes were 346.

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