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TechnologyAmerican Airlines CEO says 'highly likely' Boeing 737 MAX will fly by mid-August

18:50  12 june  2019
18:50  12 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc cut its 2019 profit forecast on Friday, blaming an estimated 0 million hit from the grounding of Boeing ’s 737 MAX planes during its busiest travel season, but said it was confident the aircraft would start flying by mid - August .

Plane grounded after two crashes likely to remain grounded into peak season. The Boeing 737 Max aircraft will not return to the skies before August , according to the head of aviation’s main trade The 737 Max disasters have ignited tensions between regulators on either side of the Atlantic, amid US operators United Airlines , American Airlines and Southwest Airlines , early customers of the model

American Airlines CEO says 'highly likely' Boeing 737 MAX will fly by mid-August© Reuters/Handout . FILE PHOTO: Handout photo of American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX jets sit parked at a facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma

CHICAGO (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc Chief Executive Doug Parker said it was "highly likely" that the grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX would be flying by mid-August following regulatory approval for a software fix.

On Sunday American extended cancellations of about 115 daily flights until Sept. 3 from Aug. 19, as regulators have yet to approve flight of the plane again following two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia within five months.

Parker said the decision to extend cancellations merely reflected scheduling needs for pilots and flight attendants.

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The Boeing 737 MAX is a narrow-body aircraft series designed and produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes as the fourth generation of the Boeing 737 , succeeding the Boeing 737 Next Generation

American Airlines says Boeing is working on software updates and new training elements. After the Boeing 737 MAX flights were suspended worldwide in March, American Airlines said it would cancel all flights involving the plane until August .

"No one should take that as an indication that we don't think the aircraft will be ready by Aug 19," Parker said during the company's annual shareholders meeting.

"We wouldn't be selling seats today if we didn't think it was highly likely (...) that we'd be able to provide that service by Sept. 3," he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it does not have a specific timetable on when the 737 MAX jet would return to service.

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Steve Orlofsky; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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