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American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations through August”

The cancellations will affect about 115 flights through August 19.

American, which owns 24 of the planes, said last week that it would cancel flights through early June due to Boeing 737 Max 8 jets being grounded after two of the aircraft from Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashed, killing 189 people and 157 people respectively.

Southwest Airlines also removed the Max jet from its schedule through August 5, and United canceled Max flights through June 5, according to the report. It will likely submit the fix to Federal Aviation Administration regulators within the next few weeks.

The move is to "provide confidence" to customers during the peak summer travel season, the airline said in a letter.

According to CNBC, the cancellations amount to about 115 flights per day, roughly 1.5 percent of the United States' total flying per day in the summer.

The airline said it will bring the Max aircraft back on line as spares to supplement its operations once it is receritfied.

American said it remains "confident" that software updates and new training for the Boeing planes "will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon".

American had previously planned to suspend MAX flights through June 5.

Airlines are being forced to ground their planes longer than expected after Boeing and the FAA said the company needed more time to complete changes to a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in the recent crashes.

That also means some flights that were not scheduled to take place on a Max plane may be canceled because the airline aims to affect the smallest number of customers.

American also said on its website that customers could request a full refund if they chose not to be rebooked. Flights on other types of aircraft could be canceled to free up routes that will cover the MAX cancellations.

On Twitter, American Airlines passengers posted complaints Sunday about canceled flights impacting vacations, speaking engagements and travel to funerals and noted problems re-booking flights.

"My team and I are working closely with our customers to answer their questions, get their feedback and ensure those who operate the Max are prepared when the grounding is lifted and the fleet returns to flight", Muilenburg said.



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