American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX

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Sun, 2019-04-14 23:47

WASHINGTON: American Airlines announced Sunday it would scrap
some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of
Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19.
America’s leading airline had previously only planned to keep the
planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense
scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX
crash on March 10 — the second deadly crash involving the
aircraft in five months.
The global fleet of 737 MAX planes has been barred from flying
since mid-March.
“These 115 flights represent approximately 1.5 percent of
American’s total flying each day this summer,” American
Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement.
But he stressed his confidence in the aircraft overall.
“Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and Boeing, we are highly confident that the
MAX will be recertified prior to this time (August 19),” he
said.
“By extending our cancelations through the summer, we can plan
more reliably for the peak travel season and provide confidence to
our customers and team members when it comes to their travel
plans.
“Once the MAX is recertified, we anticipate bringing our MAX
aircraft back on line as spares to supplement our operation as
needed during the summer.”
American Airlines had lowered one of its first quarter indicators
in light of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes being grounded, along with
the partial US government shutdown and technical challenges.
Earlier this week, competitor Southwest Airlines said it would
operate its 34 aircraft of the same model starting August 5.

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American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX