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American Airlines flight attendants stand up to Boeing CEO on 737 MAX

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CHICAGO: American Airlines’ flight attendants union still has safety concerns about the Boeing 737 MAX and is demanding an active role in the relaunch of the grounded aircraft, its president told Boeing Co’s chief executive in a letter seen by Reuters.


“The 28,000 flight attendants working for American Airlines refuse to walk onto a plane that may not be safe and are calling for the highest possible safety standards to avoid another tragedy,” Association of Professional Flight Attendants President Lori Bassani said in the letter.


The letter, dated October 30, followed two days of congressional hearings in Washington during which lawmakers grilled Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg about the development of the 737 MAX following two crashes that killed 346 people and led to the aircraft’s worldwide grounding in March.


American Airlines Group is the second largest US operator of the 737 MAX, with 24 jets in its fleet at the time of the grounding and dozens more on order.


Bassani told Muilenburg that the hearings show breakdowns in supervision of the 737 MAX and raise questions about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) resources for oversight. — Reuters


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