On Sunday, American Airlines Group Inc. said it is extending for a fourth time cancellations of about 115 daily flights into early November, due to the continued grounding of Boeing 737 MAX jets.
The airline’s decision came after the Federal Aviation Administration last month uncovered a new flaw that Boeing estimates will take until at least September to fix. The airline said in a statement on Sunday, “American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year.”
American Airlines had most recently had planned to keep the MAX, which it used on most flights between New York’s LaGuardia airport and Miami, off its schedule through Sept. 3. It has temporarily suspended direct flights between Oakland, California, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Southwest Airlines Co has removed the aircraft from its scheduling through Oct. 1, and United Airlines Holdings until Nov. 3. Southwest is the world’s largest MAX operator.
Some analysts have said they do not expect the MAX jets to fly again before the end of the year.
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