American Airlines Cancels Boeing 737 Max Flights Through November

Clay Curtis
July 15, 2019

On Sunday, American Airlines Group Inc said it would keep the jet off its schedule through Nov 2, the fifth time the airline has adjusted its flights to accommodate the Max's lengthening absence.

American, with 24 737 MAX aircraft and dozens more on order, is scheduling without the jets through November 2.

On Friday, fellow -U.S. airline United Airlines extended its grounding of the 737 Max through November 3, canceling 40 to 45 flights each day in July, 60 flights a day in August, 70 a day in September and 95 a day in October.

In a statement, American said the action will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day.

As you may remember, the 737 Max was grounded after two of the jets crashed. The airline has 24 737 Max jets, and according to CNBC, has 76 on order from Boeing.

Boeing, investigations revealed, has already reduced 737 productions to 42 per month, but if the grounding and its inability to deliver continues, production may be trimmed further.

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Anti-stall software used on the 737 MAX, known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), has been implicated by investigators as a factor in the Ethiopian Airlines accident, as well as the earlier fatal crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018. He said he could not venture a guess as to when that might occur.

However, the FAA said in June it had found a "potential risk" with Boeing's fix that had to be addressed before the aircraft would be cleared to fly.

The FAA has said it is following a thorough process but has no timetable for when the recertification will be completed. Additionally, Boeing lost a major deal for Max jets when Flyadeal reversed an earlier plan to buy 50 Boeing 737 Max jets valued at $5.9 billion.

U.S. operators of the MAX series have removed them from their flight schedules until September at the earliest. CNN Business reported last month that the crisis would likely drag down Boeing's profits into next year.

The plane is expected to start flying again in January 2020 "under the latest scenario", the Journal said, citing unidentified sources within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and pilot-union leaders.

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