American Airlines Set to Restart 737 Max Flights by August 19

By Paul Riegler on 14 April 2019
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American Airlines, which is one of three U.S. airlines that had to ground its Boeing 737 Max fleet in the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash in March, announced that it plans to have the beleaguered aircraft back in the skies by mid August.

Saying it was confident that the Federal Aviation Administration would recertify the aircraft by mid-August, the airline said in a memo to employees that it has “made the decision to extend our cancellations for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft through Aug. 19.

“We are highly confident that the MAX will be recertified prior to this time,” said Doug Parker and Robert Isom in the memo, adding that the decision was “based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing,”

The grounding of the 737 Max has meant the cancellation of approximately 115 flights per day or roughly 1.5% of the airline’s daily flying.

The 737 Max was grounded worldwide as the result of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max in March that had similarities to the October crash of a Lion Air 737 Max. Last week, Boeing announced multiple changes to the 737 Max aircraft following the release of the preliminary investigation report of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash.

American is one of three U.S. airlines that operates the 737 Max. The other two airlines are Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

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