American Airlines Extending Cancellations of Boeing 737 Max 8 Flights
UNITED STATES – According to an online report at scmp.com, American Airlines is extending its cancellations of approximately one hundred fifteen flights her day into September due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes.*
This past weekend, American Airlines indicated that it seeks to extend cancellations of roughly one hundred fifteen daily flights through September as a result of the grounding of Boeing 373 Max 8 airplanes.
The largest United States airline had previously noted that it was going to cancel flights until August 19 after the grounding of Boeing planes that occurred worldwide back in March following two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
American Airlines has indicated that it is extending its cancellations until early September due to the fact that Boeing has not yet completed a certification test flight and submit its upgrade of software and training changes to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be approved.
In response, Boeing noted this past weekend that it is continuing “to work with global regulators to provide them the information they need to certify the MAX update and related training and education material and safely return the fleet to service.” They further note that the company is “partnering with our airline customers to maintain their planes in storage and will provide ‘entry into service’ type support once they are cleared to resume commercial operation.”
When questioned, the FAA did not comment on American Airline’s decision to continue to ground flights until September. Last month, the acting chief of the FAA noted that they did not have a specific timeframe with which they plan on “ungrounding” the 737 Max airplanes.
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