American Airlines extends grounding of 737 MAX jets

Lester Mason
June 13, 2019

In effect, American Airlines now won't use its fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes any time this summer.

Check your flight, because American Airlines has extended cancellations of its Boeing 737 Max flights through September.

American Airlines is canceling one hundred and fifteen flights a day through the end of summer because of the Boeing grounding. The planes were previously banned from serving passengers through mid-August.

American Airlines said Sunday it is extending those cancellations through September 3. The 737 Max jets have experienced two separate deadly crashes months apart, which prompted authorities to ground the aircraft globally.

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, on a flight from Miami to New York City, lands at LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning, March 11, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City.

The cancellations announced in April followed the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 with the loss of all 157 passengers and crew, and the earlier loss of Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 with all 189 aboard. Southwest Airlines, the biggest Max operator, has set August 5 for the Max to resume flights, while United Continental Holdings plans for August 3.

In a statement released by American Airlines, the company said it was confident that new training components being developed by Boeing, along with the software updates, will help to get the aircraft back in service soon.

Not all fights that were previously scheduled on a Max will be cancelled, as the airline plans to substitute other aircraft types.

American Airlines said it has been in continuous contact with the key United States agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and was pleased with the progress that has been made so far.

American owns 24 of the Max jets and has 16 more on order.

Wall Street analysts aren't convinced the plane will return to service until at least July, so the costs for airlines will likely keep piling up.

Asked last month it is realistic that the 737 MAX could be flying again by August, Elwell declined to be specific.

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