American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations to September

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations to September

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations to September

"In total, approximately 115 flights per day will be cancelled through September 3", American Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines said in a statement on Sunday that it is removing its entire 737 Max fleet from its flight schedules through 3 September, later than the previously reported 19 August.

The airline "remains confident" that the jets will be cleared for flight once Boeing rolls out software updates and "new training elements" for the pilots and crew, which are now in development.

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded the Boeing 737 Max in March and in American Airlines had previously extended its cancellation of flights involving the aircraft through august 19. The planes were grounded worldwide on March 13.

"By extending the cancellations, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American".

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Boeing's global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft was grounded after two 737 MAX planes crashed within six months of each other - the first in Indonesia in October 2018 and the second in Ethiopia in March 2019, killing a combined 346 people on board both airplanes. 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.

The FAA's acting chief, Dan Elwell, told reporters last month he does not have a specific timetable to unground the 737 MAX. American and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines are the USA carriers with the most Max planes in their fleets.

'If it takes a year to find everything we need to give us the confidence to lift the (grounding) order so be it'.

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.

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