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American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily

Acting defense secretary under probe over Boeing ties American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19
Steven Clarke | 15 Апреля, 2019, 12:33

American Airlines Group Inc said on Sunday it is extending Boeing Co 737 MAX cancellations through August 19, leading to about 115 daily canceled flights, or 1.5 percent of its daily summer flying schedule.

American's fleet includes 24 Max jets and the airline had previously planned to cancel flights through early June.

The U.S. and other countries grounded Boeing's 737 Max plane in mid-March after deadly plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Boeing is developing new software for the jet's anti-stall system, which has come under scrutiny since the crashes.

American's cancellations represent 1.5% of its total flights each day of the summer.

On Thursday, Southwest airlines announced the decision to extend its cancellation of Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 5. Airline officials say by extending cancellations through the summer they can plan more reliably for the peak travel season.

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Once the aircraft is recertified, which the executives said they expect will happen "soon", American plans to initially bring its MAX aircraft back on line as spares to supplement its operation as needed during the summer. Flights on other types of aircraft could be canceled to free up routes that will cover the MAX cancellations. Both American and Southwest said their reservations and sales teams will work with customers to manage travel plans.

Boeing and the FAA announced March 12 that they would develop and recertify a set of modifications to the MCAS system and its related flight-control software. The airline said about 115 flights per day would be canceled.

American also said on its website that customers can request a full refund if they choose not to be rebooked.

American Airlines passengers on Sunday took to Twitter to post complaints about cancelled flights impacting on their holidays, speaking engagements and travel to funerals, and noted problems re-booking flights.

The cancellations were caused by hail, thunderstorms and high winds in Dallas followed by snow in Chicago, he said.

"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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