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Singapore Airlines said on Monday its offshoot SilkAir, which operates the 737 MAX, had received the invitation to the Wednesday event and would send representatives.

On Saturday, teams from the three US airlines that own 737 MAX jets joined a session in Renton reviewing a planned software upgrade.

United States air-safety regulators are leaning toward approving Boeing's changes to software and pilot training for the Max, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier, citing people familiar with the matter.

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, another MAX operator, suspended on Monday two routes between the United States and Brazil that it said it can only service with the longer-range MAX 8, but is not now revising its MAX orders.

Meanwhile, Boeing has begun briefing airlines on software and training updates for the MAX, with more than 200 global airline pilots, technical experts and regulators due in Renton, Washington where the plane is built this week.

The feature was found to be an issue in another crash of the Boeing's 737 Max. Now, according to the Journal, officials at the FAA have "tentatively" approved Boeing's software update, which will make the automatic anti-stall system easier to for pilots to control.

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In a sign of the effect on Boeing's business, Indonesia's Garuda wants to dump a $6 billion order for 49 of the grounded planes. He added that it was still waiting for Boeing to come up with a software upgrade for the 737 Max.

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The loss-making airline's chairman, Michael Joseph, confirmed they had indeed resolved to go ahead with plans to acquire new fleet of 10 Boeing 737- 800 Max jets despite safety concerns raised following fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines' flight 302 on Sunday, March 10.

The changes are meant to decrease the chances of triggering the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, which is believed to have played a role in the Lion Air crash in October.

"Contrary to some media reports, our pilots who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators", Tewolde said in the Monday statement.

Tewolde, the airline's chief executive, said until there were more answers about the 737 MAX, the planes should remain grounded, adding, "Putting one more life at risk is too much".

The meeting is a sign that Boeing's planned software patch is nearing completion, though it will still need regulatory approval. American Airlines is extending flight cancellations until April 24 as it waits for information from U.S. authorities about when service can resume, according to a statement.

The full investigation into last year's crash of a 737 MAX 8 has yet to be completed, but it's possible that a stabilization feature built into the flight software may have made it more hard for pilots to recover from a problem in the air. And it is likely to limit the maximum nose down movement that the system can produce. American, which has 24 MAX aircraft in its fleet, and Southwest, which has 34, agree with union statements that their pilots are trained well enough to deal with the incidents that the Lion Air pilots encountered.