American Airlines pushes back expected return of its Boeing 737 Max planes

Elias Hubbard
October 9, 2019

American Airlines announced Wednesday that it is removing the Boeing 737 Max from its flight schedule until mid-January, an acknowledgment that the aviation industry does not expect the plane to carry passengers during the busy holiday travel season. The aircraft has been grounded since March after two crashes within a five-month period.

The airline said Wednesday that it expects to slowly bring the plane back into its schedule starting January 16.

An ongoing regulatory safety review means a key 737 MAX certification test flight is unlikely before November, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Boeing said in a statement it was aware of the lawsuit and would vigorously defend against it.

Gamco Investors Chairman Mario Gabelli discusses the Boeing 737 Max and how the controversy has affected Boeing's profits. The grounding of the 737 MAX has wiped out more than 30,000 Southwest Airlines flights, causing over $100 million in lost wages for pilots, the union said.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Dallas in Texas Monday alleging Boeing deliberately misled the airline and its pilots about the 737 MAX. Boeing said the suit is "meritless".

American, which is canceling 140 MAX flight per day, said it now expects the aircraft to return to service January 16. Articles appear on for a limited time.

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