Washington/Chicago — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) met for three hours on Friday with representatives from the three major US airlines that own now grounded Boeing 737 Max jets and their pilots’ unions to discuss two fatal crashes and the path forward. More than 300 Boeing 737 Max jets have been grounded worldwide after a total of 346 people died in a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October and in an Ethiopian Airlines crash outside Addis Ababa last month. American Airlines Group, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines officials attended the meeting, where FAA acting administrator Dan Elwell said he wanted to know operators’ and pilots’ thoughts before the agency decides to return the 737 Max to service. Elwell said the operational perspective of the participants “is critical input as the agency welcomes scrutiny on how it can do better”. American said in a statement it was “confident in the direction the FAA is heading” and would continue to work collaboratively in this ...

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