American Airlines CEO Says Politics a Factor in Return of Boeing’s 737 Max

June 25, 2019

American Airlines is prepared to further delay returning the Boeing 737 Max to its schedule as regulators review the manufacturer’s safety updates before they allow the planes to fly again, a process that depends on political factors, the airline’s CEO, Doug Parker, told employees.

The popular Boeing jet has been grounded worldwide since mid-March after two fatal crashes ⁠— one in Indonesia in October and another in Ethiopia in March ⁠— claimed a total of 346 lives.

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