American Airlines Will Extend Boeing 737 Max Flight Cancellations Until March 5

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

Southwest Airlines Co. said it will remove Boeing Co.'s 737 Max from its flight schedules through March 6, nearly a year since the jet was grounded worldwide after two deadly crashes. It had 34 Maxes in its fleet with another 200 on order at the time of the grounding in March.

United Airlines and American Airlines, the other two US 737 MAX operators, have thus far canceled flights into January, although they may yet have to extend that time frame.

Meanwhile, shocking new details have emerged about the source of the delays in returning the Max to service.

The return-to-service dates provided by the airlines are hardly set in stone, considering they're contingent upon Boeing completing its work to fix problems with the plane, and regulators' acceptance that those changes are sufficient.

The decision comes as the Southwest Airlines flight attendants union weighs suing Boeing over lost pay as a result of the prolonged 737 Max grounding.

Operating a slimmer fleet, Southwest has scaled back or canceled routes, leading to a decline in annual capacity. In 2014, FAA investigators issued a memo that Boeing's rudder cable protection was not adequate on the 737 MAX.

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Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the MCAS documentation was presented in a format used in the past, but regulators want it in a different form, and the company is doing that.

That has thrown into question when Boeing would be able to complete a certification test flight.

Boeing has acknowledged it expects to acquire regulatory approval to renew flights within the fourth quarter of 2019, however that timeframe has begun to look not sure because the cease of the yr strategies.

American said adjusted the timeframe followed "continuous contact" with the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

Southwest said Friday that it will keep its Max out of its schedule until March 6, about a month longer than previously planned, citing continued uncertainty.

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