American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19

  • American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations through August 19

American Airlines announced Sunday it will continue canceling all flights with Boeing 737 MAX planes through August 19.

The cancellations represent 1.5 per cent of American's total flights each day of the (northern) summer.

Senior officials at American Airlines said they were "confident" that the Boeing upgrade would be approved by USA aviation regulators before 19 August, despite its decision to ground its fleet of 24 planes until then.

CNBC reported Boeing said Thursday it has completed 96 flights with the new Max software fix. American Airlines had lowered one of its first quarter indicators in light of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes being grounded, along with the partial U.S. government shutdown and technical challenges.

Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft was grounded worldwide in March following a fatal crash on Ethiopian Airlines that killed all 157 aboard, just five months after a similar crash on Lion Air that killed all 189 passengers and crew.

The move is to "provide confidence" to customers during the peak summer travel season, the airline said in a letter. "We have been in continuous contact with the FAA, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board, other regulatory authorities and are pleased with the progress so far".

Investigators are focusing on the plane's anti-stall software, the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

'We're working as hard as possible to rebook customers, ' Feinstein said.

The report said it was unclear when the aircraft will return, as Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix. A Boeing executive speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly said late last month that the training component of that update had been "provisionally approved" by regulators.

"We're taking a comprehensive, disciplined approach, and taking the time to make sure we get it right", he said.