American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations, affecting 115 flights

American Airlines extended its cancelations of Boeing 737 Max flights through Sept. 3 on Sunday. File

"The carrier on Sunday announced it would extend cancellations for flights scheduled for the 737 Max plane through September while it and other airlines around the world await a software fix from Boeing to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration". The planes were previously banned from serving passengers through mid-August.

American Airlines is pushing back the expected date on when its now grounded Boeing 737 MAX fleet could take up to the skies again.

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

American's reservations team will contact customers still affected by the cancelations by email or telephone and passengers whose flights are canceled and who choose not to rebook are entitled to a refund.

The June 19 hearing will be the panel's second on the Max, which was grounded after two accidents that killed a total of 346 people.


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. According to investigators, pilots of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet needed more than four minutes to realize that incorrect data from sensors urged the MCAS to push the nose down in a situation when the action was unnecessary.

The airline added that it has been in continuous contact with the FAA, Department of Transportation and National Transportation Safety and is "pleased" with the progress on the updates to the plane and its software. 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 Airlines said in a news release that it remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max, along with new training elements, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon.

Asked last month it is realistic that the 737 MAX could be flying again by August, Elwell declined to be specific. American has 24 of the jets.

However, there is no certainty the plane will return to schedules in September.

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