American Airlines is removing the grounded 737 Max from its schedule into December. However, the airline still plans to fly the plane during the busy holiday travel season. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to assess the aircraft following two fatal crashes.
“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 said in a press statement.
American Airlines is not alone in the decision
The decision of American Airlines to extend cancellations because of the Boeing 737 Max grounding. This follows a similar step by United Airlines, which on Friday said it would take the planes out of its schedule until December 19. The latest changes mean the two airlines don’t expect to have the planes flying for the busy Thanksgiving holiday but that they would return in time for the Christmas travel period.
Southwest Airlines made a similar move in July. They removed the planes from its schedules until early January.
“American is extending cancellations for the MAX through Dec. 3. By doing so, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American. In total, approximately 140 flights per day will be canceled through Dec. 3.” American Airlines said in a press statement.
The airlines also noted that some flights that are intended to operate with a 737 Max may not be canceled because it will swap out that plane for other aircraft.
American Airlines said Sunday that they plan to contact travelers whose flights are canceled because of the new schedule changes. The customers affected can request a full refund or book another flight.