United Airlines Extends Boeing 737 Max Cancellations Until January 2020

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 October 2019
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A grounded United Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet

A grounded United Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet

United Airlines, one of three U.S. airlines that had to ground its Boeing 737 Max fleet, announced that it has delayed its plans to restart flights of the aircraft until January 6, 2020, as the worldwide grounding of the beleaguered aircraft approaches the eight-month mark.

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 three U.S. airlines that operate the 737 Max – the other two are American Airlines and Southwest Airlines – have cancelled tens of thousands of flights – many during the busy and profitable summer travel season – since the grounding went into effect.

Meanwhile, American has removed the 737 Max jets from its schedule through January 15, 2020, while Southwest does not plan to resume 737 Max flights until January 6, 2020.

Boeing, the maker of the 737 Max, has developed a software fix for the planes, which involves the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, a flight control system that repeatedly pushed down the noses of the two jets that crashed. The Chicago-based company had previously said it expects the planes to return to the skies early in the fourth quarter.

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