American Airlines extends 737 Max flight cancellations through Labor Day weekend

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

In April, American Airlines extended its cancellations through august 19, which has now been extended to September 3.

Global airlines that had rushed to buy the fuel-efficient, longer-range aircraft have since canceled flights and scrambled to cover routes that were previously flown by the MAX.

A famous airline pilot and a former safety regulator are among witnesses scheduled for a congressional hearing on the grounded Boeing 737 Max.

In an update posted to its website Sunday morning, American said it'll be forced to cancel 115 flights a day through September 3.

It said it extended the timeframe to allow its clients and crews "to more reliably plan their upcoming travel".

In late May, Acting Administrator of the FAA Dan Elwell said that while a return to service could be a month or two away, no timetable had been set, and that if it took a year for sufficient confidence to be restored, then "so be it". Southwest Airlines, the biggest Max operator, has set August 5 for the Max to resume flights, while United Continental Holdings plans for August 3.

American said it is adjusting its schedules to affect the fewest number of passengers possible, and passengers whose flights are canceled will be able to rebook at no cost or get a full refund if they don't wish to take their trip.

The 737 Max fleet was grounded worldwide after a pair of crashes that investigators worry could be related to the flight-control software installed on the jets.

The FAA is now working with manufacturer Boeing to certify software upgrades to the 737 Max following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

"Our reservations and sales teams will continue to work closely with customers who are impacted by these cancellations", according to the update.

In a statement, it said it '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 recertification of the aircraft soon'.

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