American Airlines extends cancellations until August 19



CHICAGO, April 14 (Reuters) – The American Airlines group has announced Sunday that it will extend cancellations of Boeing Co 737 MAX until August 19, resulting in approximately 115 canceled flights daily, or 1.5 percent of its total. daily program of summer flights.

In a letter to employees and customers, General Manager Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said they believe the 737 MAX would be recertified by August 19, but they want to ensure the reliability of the travel season and give trust their customers and their team. members with regard to their travel plans. "

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was immobilized worldwide in March as a result of a fatal crash on Ethiopian Airlines, which killed 157 people on board just five months after a similar crash on Lion Air , which killed 189 passengers and crew members.

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People pass by part of the wreck at the scene of the plane crash Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Tiksa Negeri

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at the Addis Ababa International Airport on Sunday, March 10, 2019. An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after taking off Sunday morning from the Ethiopian capital, making 157 alleged victims on board. and the state broadcaster said, as worried families rushed to Addis Ababa and Nairobi airports. (AP Photo / Mulugeta Ayene)

A family member of a victim involved in an airplane accident speaks from a mobile phone at the Addis Ababa International Airport on Sunday, March 10, 2019. An airplane Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Sunday morning, killing the 157 people alleged to be on board, the state-owned airline and broadcaster said anxious families were rushing towards Addis Ababa airports and Nairobi destination. (AP Photo / Mulugeta Ayene)

Family members arrive at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, to check for information on the Ethiopian flight that crashed. An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Sunday morning, killing the 157 people suspected of being on board, the state-owned airline and broadcaster announced. (AP Photo / Elias Masseret)

An Ethiopian airlines plane bound for Nairobi crashed Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members, the company said.
"There are no survivors aboard the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries," reports state television, citing a source close to Ethiopian Airlines. / Photo of archives / REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Family members arrive at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, to check for information on the Ethiopian flight that crashed. An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Sunday morning, killing the 157 people suspected of being on board, the state-owned airline and broadcaster announced. (AP Photo / Elias Masseret)

DOSSIER – In this photo from January 25, 2010, Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A flight of Ethiopian Airlines with 157 passengers suspected of being on board crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi, the airline said. (AP Photo File / Samson Haileyesus)

Relatives of the victims of a plane crash are waiting for information at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, March 10, 2019. An Ethiopian Airlines plane is waiting for the information. is crushed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from the Ethiopian capital, making 157 allegedly aboard victims, the state-owned airline and broadcaster said anxious families rushed to Addis Ababa airports and the destination of Nairobi. (AP Photo / Khalil Senosi)

Families of the victims involved in a plane crash are waiting for information at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, March 10, 2019. An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed. shortly after taking off Sunday morning from the Ethiopian capital, killing 157 people, according to estimates. Be on board, said the airline and the state broadcaster, as worried families rushed to Addis Ababa airports and Nairobi destination. (AP Photo / Khalil Senosi)

Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) Managing Director and General Manager Jonny Andersen and Kenya's Transport Minister James Macharia (L) give a press conference on the crash of the Ethiopian airline in Ethiopia Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya, March 10, 2019. – An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on Sunday morning between Addis Ababa and Nairobi, with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. , said Ethiopian Airlines. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo credit should match YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images)

The Managing Director and General Manager of the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA), Jonny Andersen, speaking at a press conference on the crash of an Ethiopian airline in Ethiopia, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. – An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on Sunday morning Ethiopian Airlines said its flight would go- return between Addis Ababa and Nairobi had been carried out by 149 passengers and eight crew members. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo credit should match YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images)

A Chinese group sent messages informing their colleagues who would be on board the plane that crashed in Ethiopia, at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. – An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10 in the morning. Ethiopian Airlines said its round trip flight between Addis Ababa and Nairobi was handled by 149 passengers and eight members of the airline. ;crew. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo credit should match YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images)

A Chinese group considers that the arrival flight schedule informs of their colleagues who would be aboard the plane that crashed in Ethiopia at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. of Nairobi, Kenya, March 10, 2019. – An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed The Ethiopian Airlines airline reported that on the morning of March 10 between Addis Ababa and Nairobi, 149 passengers and eight crew members would be on board. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo credit should match YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images)

A woman reacts while she waits for updated flight information from Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, where her fiance was aboard Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Baz Ratner

People use their mobile phone near the flight information board to view the details of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, the March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Baz Ratner

A flight information panel displaying the details of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 is seen at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya on March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Baz Ratner

A man watches his phone in front of the Ethiopian Airlines offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Thomas Mukoya

A woman walks with her child in front of the Ethiopian Airlines offices in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. REUTERS / Thomas Mukoya

BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA – MARCH 12: Investigators from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) examine debris at the crash site of flight ET 302 of Ethiopian Airlines on March 12, 2019 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. The 157 passengers and crew perished after Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8 flight came down six minutes after taking off from Bole Airport. (Photo by Countess Jemal / Getty Images)

People search for personal items and debris for forensic analysis at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines, operating a Boeing 737 MAX in which their loved ones perished among 157 passengers and members crew on board, in the village of Hama Quntushele, near Bishoftu, in the Oromia region, March 15, 2019. – On March 15, a French investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash at destination Nairobi had killed 157 passengers and its crew. The American giant aerospace Boeing had stopped delivering the best-selling aircraft. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA / AFP / Getty Images)




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American Airlines owns 24 MAX jets and is awaiting delivery of another 16 aircraft this year.

Boeing, based in Chicago, is developing a software upgrade for a stall prevention system under study in both accidents.

Parker and Isom say they are "confident" about Boeing's upcoming software updates and new training proposals, and are in constant contact with regulators about the MAX recertification process.

Once the aircraft has been recertified, which executives expect to expect "soon", the US plan is to put its MAX aircraft back into service to complete its operations as needed during the summer. (Report by Tracy Rucinski, edited by Grant McCool)


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