The Threat of a Boeing 737 Max Regulatory Rift and 6 Other Aviation Trends this Week

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Models of Boeing passenger airliners are displayed during the Airshow China in Zhuhai city, south China’s Guangdong province. Kim Cheung / AP Photo

Skift Take: This week in aviation, the approval process of the grounded Boeing jets might might not be so seamless, the nationalism of European politics shows signs of spilling over into its airlines, and Delta CEO Ed Bastian discusses his long-term China plan.

— Isaac Carey

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American Airlines Ponders Airbus Narrowbody in Blow to Boeing

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American Airlines already flies a shorter range Airbus A321, like the one pictured here. It may want a longer range version. American Airlines

Skift Take: Several U.S. airlines say they’re interested in what Boeing plans to replace the 757 and 767. But Boeing is moving slowly — its attention is elsewhere now — and airlines may be getting antsy. Some carriers may be taking the Airbus A321XLR more seriously than they otherwise might.

— Brian Sumers

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