American Airlines extends Max cancellations again

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

Check your flight, because American Airlines has extended cancellations of its Boeing 737 Max flights through September.

The extension is meant to give passengers more time to plan upcoming travel, American said.

The largest USA airline had previously said it was canceling flights august 19 after the Boeing Co plane was grounded worldwide in March following two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Southwest, which has 34 of the 737 Max jets in its fleet, has canceled flights only through August 5 at this time.

The extension is in keeping with comments late May by International Air Transport Association director general Alexandre de Juniac that he expected the grounding to last another 10 to 12 weeks.

Boeing has yet to complete a certification test flight and formally submit its software upgrade and training changes to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for approval. American is also canceling some flights scheduled to be flown by different aircraft, such as the original 737, to shift those resources to other flights.

Customers affected by the cancellations can be booked on other flights or can request a full refund.

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The world's largest airplane manufacturer said it is "partnering with our airline customers to maintain their planes in storage and will provide "entry into service" type support once they are cleared to resume commercial operation".

"Our Reservations and Sales teams will continue to work closely with customers who are impacted by these cancellations", the statement read.

It expects about 115 flights per day will be canceled through September 3.

The June 19 hearing will be the panel's second on the Max, which was grounded after two accidents that killed a total of 346 people.

The FAA is now working with manufacturer Boeing to certify software upgrades to the 737 Max following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

In a statement released by American Airlines, the company said it was confident that new training components being developed by Boeing, along with the software updates, will help to get the aircraft back in service soon.

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