Posted on: 20 March 2019 by Glenn Sands
Air Canada is stopping its Boeing 737 MAX operations until at least 1 July. The airline has reorganised its schedule and aircraft assignments to accommodate the capacity reductions. Air Canada stated: “Due to the timeline for the return to service of the 737 MAX is unknown, for planning purposes and to provide customers certainly for booking and travel, we intend to remove 737 MAX flying from our schedule until at least 1 July.”
Air Canada is substituting different aircraft on specific routes, extending leases on aircraft scheduled to leave the fleet and even contracting and leasing aircraft from Air Transat for certain routes.
Some routes have been temporarily cancelled, including seasonal flights from Vancouver to Kauai and the Big Island in Hawaii.
Air Canada has said it will be notifying customers of any changes to their flights. The airline has 24 of the 737 MAX 8s in its fleet and was due to receive six more aircraft from Boeing in March and April. Those deliveries are currently suspended.