American Airlines declared Sunday it would scrap somewhere in the range of 115 flights for every day in the coming months since its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19.
American Airlines to Cancel 115 Boeing 737 MAX Flights till August 19
America’s driving carrier had already just intended to keep the planes down and out until June 5, with Boeing confronting extraordinary examination after 157 people passed on in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 – the second lethal accident including the airplane in five months. The global fleet of 737 MAX planes has been barred from flying since mid-March.
“These 115 flights represent approximately 1.5 per cent of American’s total flying each day this summer,” American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement.
“Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing, we are highly confident that the MAX will be recertified prior to this time (August 19),” he said.
“By extending our cancellations through the summer, we can plan more reliably for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans.
“Once the MAX is recertified, we anticipate bringing our MAX aircraft back on line as spares to supplement our operation as needed during the summer.”
American Airlines had brought down one of its first quarter markers in light of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes being grounded, alongside the halfway US government shutdown and technical challenges. Prior this week, contender Southwest Airlines said it would work its 34 flights of a similar model beginning August 5.