American Airlines Extends Cancellation of Boeing 737 MAX Flights Through September 3
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American Airlines announced on Sunday that it will extend the cancellation of all Boeing 737 MAX flights through September 3, 2019. Previously, American’s flight cancellations were set to run through August 19. The grounding of the MAX has led to American canceling around 115 flights daily, which will now continue through the September 3 date.
In the statement, American said it “remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with [its] union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon.”
American has been canceling flights and swapping out aircraft to minimize the impact of the MAX grounding and will continue to do so until the plane is recertified to fly. This means that even if a passenger’s original flight wasn’t schedule to be operated by a 737 MAX, it could still be canceled as American works to swap out aircraft to minimize the overall impact of the grounding.
American says its Reservations team is actively contacting customers by email or phone who are impacted, so if you have flights booked on American be sure to keep and eye out for any communications from the airline.
A representative for Southwest tells TPG that it has not made any additional schedule revisions beyond its current cancellation date of Aug. 5. A representative for United, which has canceled 737 MAX flights through Aug. 3, tells TPG it also does not have plans to adjust its current cancellation date.
If you have travel scheduled on an airline that operates the Boeing 737 MAX check out our guide on what to do if your flight has been affected.
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