Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

American Airlines extends ban on Boeing 737 Max flights till September

American Airlines extends ban on Boeing 737 Max flights till September

The extension means that American Airlines will have canceled 115 flights since grounding its 14 737 MAX aircraft.

A file image of American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 N314RH.

American Airlines has further extended cancellations of its Boeing 737 Max flights until the first week of September, according to a statement from the Fort Worth-based carrier.

American will scrap about 115 daily flights as it extends the Max cancellations through September 3 from august 19, according to a statement from the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier. The Fort Worth-based carrier had previously pulled the Max from its flight schedule through August 19.

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.

American's Reservations team will contact affected customers directly by email or telephone. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members.

According to a new a study for Atmosphere, led by consultant Henry Harteveldt, 20 percent of USA travelers would definitely avoid flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane in the first six months after flights on the aircraft resume, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The company said it has been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other regulatory authorities.

Boeing said Sunday 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".

Asked last month it is realistic that the 737 MAX could be flying again by August, Elwell declined to be specific.

Besides, American Airlines had also added on its Sunday's (June 9th) statement that Boeing had yet to complete to a test flight for certification and it had not formally submitted an application of approval for its software update and training changes.

Some customers may find their flights booked on other non-Max aircraft types cancelled.

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