American Airlines cancels all Boeing MAX flights until new software is installed

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

American Airlines announced Sunday it will continue canceling all flights with Boeing 737 MAX planes through August 19.

"These 115 flights represent approximately 1.5 per cent of American's total flying each day this summer", American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement.

American operates an average of 85 flights per day on the Max 8 out of 6,700 departures throughout its system.

American said it remains "confident" that software updates and new training for the Boeing planes "will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon".

By extending cancellations through the summer now, airline officials said they can plan more reliably for the peak travel season.

Southwest Airlines also removed the Max jet from its schedule through August 5, and United canceled Max flights through June 5, according to the report.

That also means some flights that were not scheduled to take place on a Max plane may be canceled because the airline aims to affect the smallest number of customers.

Last month, 737 Max aircraft were grounded worldwide following fatal crashes involving Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air. "We have been in continuous contact with the FAA, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board, other regulatory authorities and are pleased with the progress so far".

'We're working as hard as possible to rebook customers, ' Feinstein said. The software fix is to include changes to prevent the system from overreacting to bad data, a new set of cockpit alerts created to make pilots aware of potentially unsafe situations, and a new pilot training course.

The report said it was unclear when the aircraft will return, as Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix.

"Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, we are highly confident that the Max will be recertified prior to this time", said the letter from Parker and Isom.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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