American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

Blanche Robertson
April 15, 2019

Carriers that have used the aircraft since it went into service two years ago have had to rethink their flight plans since alarms were raised over its safety in the wake of two fatal crashes.

American Airlines has extended its cancellations for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft until August, according to published reports.

"But by extending our cancellations through the summer, we can plan more reliably for peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans". But operators of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX are facing a different problem: scarce planes and booming demand.

American Airlines announced Sunday that it will extend its cancellations of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft through the summer months.

The move reflects a growing realization among Boeing's airline customers that a worldwide grounding of Boeing jets, now in its fourth week, is unlikely to wrap up soon.

"Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, we are highly confident that the MAX will be recertified prior to this time", the statement said.

The cancellations will affect up to 115 flights a day, Reuters news agency reported.

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They added that the airline has been in close contact with the FAA, the Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Safety Board and global regulators and are "pleased with the progress so far".

The FAA is working with Boeing as it develops a software upgrade and proposes to increase the level of training that 737 Max pilots must receive.

Southwest Airlines also removed the Max jet from its schedule through August 5, and United canceled Max flights through June 5, according to the report.

Currently, Boeing has pilots from American Airlines testing a software update to the MCAS system in the simulator at the Boeing facility in Renton, Washington.

Investigators are looking at whether a software program in the passenger jet that controls the plane's nose was a factor in the two crashes.

American previously planned to cancel MAX flights through early June.

Boeing is expected to submit a software update to the FAA in the next few weeks for review and possibly approval.

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