Travel United Airlines Extends Boeing 737 MAX Cancellations Into 2020
American Airlines Again Extends Grounding of MAX Jets
The world's largest airline is holding the 737 MAX aircraft through Nov. 2, as the Wall Street Journal separately reports grounding of the aircraft could extend into 2020.
United Airlines is extending cancellations of Boeing 737 MAX flights through the holiday season until January 6, 2020, ensuring that the troubled aircraft won't resume operating passenger flights in the U.S. until next year at the earliest.
According to, the Chicago-based carrier plans to cancel more than 8,000 flights scheduled for October, November, December and early January.
"We have cooperated fully with the FAA’s independent review of the MAX aircraft, and we won’t put our customers and employees on that plane until regulators make their own independent assessment that it is safe to do so," the company said in a statement on Friday.
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Southwest Airlines on Thursday removed the grounded plane from its schedule through Nov. 2, a month later than previously planned. The airline, the largest U.S. operator of the Max aircraft with 34 Max 8s at the time of the grounding, said it is making the change due to the still uncertain timing of the plane's return. American and United recently made similar moves. Southwest had about 180 daily flights scheduled on the Max in October and early November, though a limited number of travelers have booked tickets that far in advance.
Southwest Airlines, which is the largest U.S. operator of the 737 MAX, has extended flight cancellations through January 5 while American Airlinesas recently as Wednesday.
The 737 MAX has been grounded all over the world since March in the wake of two crashes that killed a combined 346 people in a five-month span. Boeing has since worked to update flight control software involving angle-of-attack sensors in the anti-stall system that have been linked to both crashes.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told Reuters that the agency will need approximately one month following the 737 MAX's certification test flight before it could clear the aircraft to return to service. However, the test flight isn't expected to occur before November 1, meaning late-November or December would be the earliest the plane would be allowed to return to the sky.
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Earlier this year, a senior Boeing engineer accused the aircraft manufacturer ofin an internal ethics complaint. Meanwhile, American Airlines pilots have during the plane's grounding while Southwest Airlines pilots have gone so far as to .
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Flight changes have arrived in waves as airlines have repeatedly had to take the Boeing 737 Max out of schedules with the plane's return uncertain. The latest batch began in late July, when airlines began extending Max flight cancellations past early November, the first sign the grounding will disrupt holiday travel plans: Southwest removed the plane from its schedule through Jan. 5. United followed up by taking the plane out of its schedule through Dec. 19, ahead of the peak Christmas/New Year's travel rush. And over Labor Day weekend, American said it was extending Max cancellations through Dec. 3.
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