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.
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.
In a letter to employees and customers on Sunday, American Airlines' top executives said they believed the MAX would be recertified "soon" but wanted to provide their customers reliability and confidence during "the busiest travel period of the year".
"I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name", Trump said.
United Continental, the third US carrier with Max planes in its fleet, has not yet extended its Max-related cancellations.
American's cancellations represent 1.5% of its total flights each day of the summer.
"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", the statement said.
United Airlines, with 14 MAX jets, has largely avoided cancellations by servicing MAX routes with larger 777 or 787 aircraft, but the airline president, Scott Kirby, warned last week that the strategy was costing it money and could not go on forever. According to the airline, they're taking the MAX out of its schedule until August to reduce the need for last-minute changes during the summer travel season and to make the schedule more reliable.
Boeing last week admitted a newly installed autopilot system was responsible for the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 on October 29, 2018 and the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019.
Currently, Boeing has pilots from American Airlines testing a software update to the MCAS system in the simulator at the Boeing facility in Renton, Washington.
The airline said it will bring the Max aircraft back on line as spares to supplement its operations once it is receritfied. United canceled all MAX flights through June 5, and Southwest canceled through August 5.
"We're working as hard as possible to rebook customers", Feinstein said.