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Technology United joins American and Southwest in extending 737 Max cancellations into March

22:15  15 november  2019
22:15  15 november  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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United is joining American and Southwest Airlines in extending cancellations tied to the Boeing 737 Max into March . United announced its decision Friday to pull the Max out of its schedule until March 4. United previously extended cancellations related to its fleet of 14 737 Max jets planes

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United is joining American and Southwest Airlines in extending cancellations tied to the Boeing 737 Max into March.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport in Burlingame, Calif., March 13, 2019.© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, FILE A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport in Burlingame, Calif., March 13, 2019.

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded the aircraft after it was involved in two crashes in Indonesia and in Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people.

Although the timing ultimately will be up to regulators, including the FAA in the U.S., should the airlines stick to these plans, the Boeing 737 Max could resume commercial service just a few days shy of the one-year anniversary of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, 2019. The FAA grounded the jets March 13.

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United Airlines said Monday it was canceling flights on Boeing 737 Max aircraft through early July, following similar decisions made by American Airlines and Southwest The announcement marks the third time since the federally mandated grounding that American has extended cancellations .

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United announced its decision Friday to pull the Max out of its schedule until March 4. United previously extended cancellations related to its fleet of 14 737 Max jets planes through Jan. 5. United said it expects to cancel 5,600 flights from December through February, and 168 flights in early March.

a large air plane on a runway: A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport in Burlingame, Calif., March 13, 2019.© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, FILE A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport in Burlingame, Calif., March 13, 2019.

"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," United said in a statement Friday.

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United Airlines is following Southwest and American Airlines in delaying the return of the Boeing 737 Max on its flight schedules into early March . The carrier joins Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, which also pushed their respective return-to-service dates back to early March .

United Airlines has extended its cancellation of Boeing 737 MAX flights yet again, now saying the 19. With that, all three U.S. operators of the MAX — American and Southwest are the others — have now canceled MAX flights into January. “Since the grounding of the Boeing MAX aircraft in March

Southwest, which owns the most 737 Max planes, last week became the first U.S. carrier to remove the jet from its schedule into March. American Airlines' decision followed Southwest's by just a few hours, with American saying it intended to add it back into service on March 5.

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In both crashes, it appears the angle-of-attack sensor was sending incorrect data, misfiring the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, which pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly even as pilots fought to gain altitude. One of the software fixes Boeing said has been completed is a change to rely on two sensors, not just one, to activate the MCAS. A second software fix is related to the overall flight-control software system.

Dennis Muilenburg wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2019.© Sarah Silbiger/Reuters, FILE Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg testifies before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2019.

Boeing on Monday reaffirmed its belief that the jet will be re-certified before the end of the year. The company said it may be possible to deliver new Max aircraft in December, but acknowledged that four key milestones remain before FAA certification, including a certification flight and reaching a consensus on pilot training.

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American (NASDAQ:AAL) and Southwest (NYSE:LUV) last week announced extended cancellations through early March . United previously canceled MAX flights through early January, and the new timeline would lead to more than 8,500 flights being canceled between November and

Southwest extended cancellations from the grounding until April 14. The planes have been Southwest 's schedule change comes less than a week after a similar move by American Airlines United Airlines, which also has the 737 Max in its fleet cut the plane from its schedules until March

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"With the rigorous scrutiny being applied, we are confident the Max will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly," Boeing said, echoing earlier comments.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Stephen Dickson, then-nominee to be administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019.© Bill Clark/AP, AP Stephen Dickson, then-nominee to be administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said on Tuesday the agency's "return-to-service decision for the Max will be based solely on [its] assessment of the sufficiency of Boeing's proposed software updates and pilot training that addresses the known issues for grounding the aircraft."

A former commercial pilot himself, Dickson added, "I am not going to sign off on this aircraft until I fly it myself and am satisfied that I would put my own family on it without a second thought."

ABC News' David Kerley and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.

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