American Airlines Delays Planned Restart of 737 Max Flights to September

By Paul Riegler on 10 June 2019
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IMG_7743American Airlines, 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 has delayed its plans to restart flights of the aircraft until early September.

The world’s largest airline had previously said it expects to restart 737 Max flights by August 19. The new date is now September 3.

The decision comes after Boeing said on Sunday that it is continuing “to work with global regulators to provide them the information they need to certify the MAX update and related training and education material and safely return the fleet to service.”

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 service.

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.

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