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The Federal Aviation Administration is facing bipartisan outrage. Senators from both parties accuse the agency of "stonewalling" congressional investigators and keeping them "in the dark" in their effort to examine what went wrong in certifying Boeing's troubled 737 Max airplane.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane
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Boeing, an icon in American manufacturing, suffered its first annual financial loss in more than two decades as the costs related to its marquee aircraft doubled to more than $18 billion after a pair of deadly crashes.

Southwest Arilines Jet
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The three big U.S. airlines that own Boeing 737 Max jets don’t expect the grounded plane back in their fleets before the end of the peak summer travel season, and that promises to lead to thousands more canceled flights and higher costs well into another year.

Boeing 737 MAX fuselages, made at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas
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Boeing said Tuesday that it doesn’t expect federal regulators to approve its changes to the grounded 737 Max until this summer, several months longer than the company was saying just a few weeks ago.

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As he moves into the chief executive's suite in Boeing's 36-story world headquarters building in downtown Chicago today, David Calhoun will find he has monumental tasks ahead of him.

The aerospace giant is still reeling from the fallout of two 737 Max jetliner crashes — in Indonesia in October 2018 and in Ethiopia last March — that killed a total of 346 people.

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American Airlines has reached a settlement with Boeing over the grounding of the airplane maker's 737 Max jet fleet. 

American says employees will get $30 million through its profit-sharing program. The amount each employee gets will vary depending on experience.

Boeing workers exit the plant in front of a giant mural of a jet on the side of the manufacturing building Dec. 16, 2019, in Renton, Washington.
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Acknowledging that it will take longer to get the 737 Max back in the air, Boeing plans to suspend production of its marquee jet next month in a decision that could ripple across the entire U.S. economy.

In this April 8, 2019, file photo Boeing 737 Max 8 jets are parked behind a stop sign indicating a traffic crossing at a Boeing Co. production facility in Renton, Washington.
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Boeing Co. said Monday that it will temporarily stop producing its grounded 737 Max jet starting in January as it struggles to get approval from regulators to put the plane back in the air.

The Chicago-based company said production would halt at its plant with 12,000 employees in Renton, Washington, near Seattle.

Family members of people who died in crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX hold photographs of their lost loved ones as FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson testifies during a House Transportation Committee hearing on the Boeing 737 MAX on Wednesday.
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After the first crash of a Boeing 737 Max last year, federal safety officials estimated that there could be 15 more fatal crashes of the Max over the next few decades if Boeing didn’t fix a critical automated flight-control system.

Yet the Federal Aviation Administration did not ground the plane until a second deadly crash five months later.

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American Airlines is pushing back the expected return of its Boeing 737 Max jets into next year.

The airline said Wednesday that it expects to slowly bring the plane back into its schedule starting Jan. 16. That's six weeks later than American planned just last month, and the sixth time the airline has pushed back the plane's return.

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The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots is suing Boeing, saying its pilots are losing money because the company rushed an unsafe plane into service only to have the 737 Max grounded after two deadly crashes.