American Airlines cancels all Boeing MAX flights until new software is installed

Lamar Ellis
April 15, 2019

The Max aircrafts have been grounded since mid-March.

American Airlines has extended its cancellations for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft until August, according to published reports.

Both flights involved American planemaker Boeing's new 737 Max model; the crashes appear to involve the model's anti-stalling software.

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

American Airlines announced Sunday that it will extend its cancellations of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft through the summer months.

The model has suffered two deadly crashes in a matter of months, the first last October in Indonesia with the death of all 189 people on board and then in Ethiopia on March 10, killing all 157 aboard.

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The airline's CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom issued a statement saying it would cancel 115 flights daily through August 19, representing approximately 1.5 of the airlines' flying each day during the summer. Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would cancel its Max flights through August 5.

The grounding of Boeing Co's fuel-efficient, single-aisle workhorse after two fatal crashes is biting into USA airlines' Northern Hemisphere spring and summer schedules, threatening to disarm them in their seasonal war for profits. They will discuss the progress of the FAA's review on the 737 MAX.

Park said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year, CNBC reported.

Normally U.S. airlines compete to sell tickets and fill seats during the peak summer travel season.

Overall the MAX represents just 5 percent of Southwest's total fleet and even less for American and United, but the strain on fleets increases as additional MAX deliveries remain frozen. The loss is mainly from the 737 MAX being out of commission in their first quarter.

In an early-morning post on Twitter, Trump, who owned the Trump Shuttle airline from 1989 to 1992 and is an aviation enthusiast, weighed in with his own advice. 2,800 of those canceled flights have been caused from the 737 MAX being out of service. Let us know in the comments!

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