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American Air extends Boeing Max cancellations through Sept. 3

  • Mary Schlangenstein

    Bloomberg

Dallas, United States   /   Mon, June 10, 2019   /   03:10 pm
 American Air extends Boeing Max cancellations through Sept. 3 In this file photo taken on March 13, 2019 an American Airlines 737 Max sits at the gate at LaGuardia airport in New York. American Airlines announced April 14, 2019, it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19. America's leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 -- the second deadly crash involving the aircraft in five months.The global fleet of 737 MAX planes has been barred from flying since mid-March. (AFP/Don Emmert)

American Airlines Group has tacked two weeks onto the time the Boeing 737 Max will remain off its flight schedule, as the aircraft nears the three-month month mark of global grounding after two fatal crashes.

American will scrap about 115 daily flights as it extends the Max cancellations through Sept. 3 from Aug. 19, according to a statement from the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier. Southwest Airlines, the biggest Max operator, has set Aug. 5 for the Max to resume flights, while United Continental Holdings plans for Aug. 3.

Regulators must re-certify the plane before commercial flights can resume, but say there's no timeline for when that will happen.

Boeing is finalizing a software fix for a flight-control system malfunction linked to the accidents involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as proposed new pilot training. A combined 346 people were killed in the crashes five months apart.

American “remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to re-certification of the aircraft soon,”’ the statement said. The planes were grounded worldwide on March 13.

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