United Airlines cancels Boeing 737 MAX flights until January 6

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Reuters
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Fri, 2019-10-11 13:00

WASHINGTON: United Airlines Holdings Inc. said on Friday it is
extending cancelations of Boeing 737 MAX flights until January 6,
as regulators continue to extensively review proposed software
changes to the grounded plane.
The company said it expects to cancel more than 8,000 flights for
October, November, December and the first few days of January and
that it will monitor regulatory updates and make adjustments
accordingly.
Among other US airlines that operate the MAX, Southwest Airlines
Co. has canceled flights through January 5, while American Airlines
Group Inc. has extended cancelations of Boeing 737 MAX flights
through January 15.
“We have cooperated fully with the FAA’s independent review of
the MAX aircraft, and we won’t put our customers and employees on
that plane until regulators make their own independent assessment
that it is safe to do so,” the company said in a statement.
The fast-selling 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since
mid-March while Boeing Co. updates flight control software at the
center of two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together
killed 346 people within a span of five months.
Boeing is planing a revision of the 737 MAX software to take input
from both of its angle-of-attack sensors in the anti-stall system
linked to the two deadly crashes and has added additional
safeguards.
The company is also addressing a flaw discovered in the software
architecture of the 737 MAX flight-control system involving using
and receiving input from the plane’s two flight control computers
rather than one.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson
told Reuters in September that the agency will need about a month
following the yet-to-be scheduled certification test flight before
the planes could return to service.
Reuters reported this week that the flight is not expected before
November 1, as the FAA continues to review software changes,
meaning the FAA is unlikely to allow its return until late November
or December at the earliest.

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United Airlines cancels Boeing 737 MAX flights until January 6