American Airlines Delays Planned Relaunch of Boeing 737 Max to Early December

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 September 2019
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American Airlines said Sunday that it is taking the troubled Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule through early December.

The news follows a similar announcement by United Airlines on Friday.

Regulators grounded the jet in the aftermath of two fatal hull losses, an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March and last year’s Lion Air crash.

The world’s largest airline has removed the single-aisle jetliner from flights through December 3. United has cancelled all 737 Max flights through December 19 while Southwest plans to return the aircraft to service on January 5, 2020.

American had previously said it expected to restart 737 Max flights by August 19, a date that it changed in June to September 3.

“American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year,” the airline said in a statement.

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