American Airlines announced that it will extend flight cancellations through the 5th of June, more than a month longer as compared to what was previously announced, as the 737 Max planes of Boeing remain grounded.
Previously, American announced that it would cancel approximately 90 flights per day through the 24th of April. The extension will definitely to cause headaches for numerous travellers, and it also hints at the industry disruption that is caused by a global grounding of the Boeing 737 Max planes.
Boeing is striving to fix the software shortcomings on the planes following two fatal crashes and an international investigation. Last Friday, it announced that it is planning to reduce the production of the 737 Max starting in Mid-April.
American flies 24 of the 737 Max planes and it said that it is awaiting some information from the regulatory bodies of the United States of America. The customers affected by the cancellations will be contacted by representatives of American with available re-bookings.
In a statement to CNBC, the firm said: “We know these cancellations and changes may affect some of our customers, and we are working to limit the impact to the smallest number of customers.”
Below is the full statement that was released by the airline:
“American continues to await information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), other regulatory authorities and Boeing that would permit the 24 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in our fleet to resume flying.
In an effort to provide more certainty and avoid last minute flight disruptions, American has extended cancellations through June 5. This will result in the cancellation of approximately 90 flights each day based on our current schedule. By proactively canceling these flights, we are able to provide better service to our customers with availability and rebooking options.
American’s Reservations team will contact affected customers directly by email or telephone. We know these cancellations and changes may affect some of our customers, and we are working to limit the impact to the smallest number of customers.”