American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 14, 2019

American Airlines is extending the cancellation of its Boeing 737 Max 8 flights from June until mid-August.

Senior officials at American Airlines said they were "confident" that the Boeing upgrade would be approved by U.S. aviation regulators before 19 August, despite its decision to ground its fleet of 24 planes until then.

In a letter to employees and customers, Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said they believe the 737 MAX will be recertified before August 19, but they want to ensure reliability "for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans".

Last month, 737 Max aircraft were grounded worldwide following fatal crashes involving Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air.

Chicago-based Boeing has been developing a software upgrade for an anti-stall system under scrutiny in both crashes.

Last week, Southwest Airlines made a similar move and United Airlines has also cancelled 737 Max 8 flights until June.

The airline says its reservations and sales teams will work with customers to manage their travel plans. "Once the Max is recertified, we anticipate bringing our Max aircraft back on line as spares to supplement our operation as needed during the summer".

Parker and Isom said they are "confident" in Boeing's impending software updates and new training proposals, and remain in continuous contact with regulatory authorities over the MAX recertification process.

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