American Airlines extends MAX grounding

In another blow to the Boeing 737 MAX, American Airlines has revealed that it has cancelled MAX flights through to 3 December. A statement from the airline said the cancellations, whilst unfortunate, will allow the airline to plan its passenger schedules with more certainty. It will allow the airline to put alternative aircraft on to existing routes and accommodate passengers affected by the grounding.

The 737 MAX grounding has seen 140 American Airlines flights a day cancelled throughout November.

The decision by American Airlines follows a similar decision by United Airlines, who have extended their 737 MAX cancellations through to 19 December. Although the cancellations are increasing. American Airlines has admitted that it has cancelled less than 120 flights a day owing to the 737 MAX grounding, and this now looks set to rise over the next few months.

But in a statement, the airline said: “American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with out union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year.”

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