Today, American Airlines announced that it will extend flight cancellations through the 24th of April due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX following two fatal crashes since October and cut some additional flights.
American Airlines is considered as the largest carrier in the United States of America, It said that it is cancelling approximately 90 flights per day. It is the second-largest U.S. operator of the MAX in the United States with 24 jets, trailing behind Southwest Airlines with 34.
Earlier this month, American Airlines said that it was flying approximately 85 flights per day out of its 6,700 daily departures on the 737 MAX planes when the decision to ground the units was announced.
The airline said that it was making the announcement “to provide more certainty to our customers and team members and better protect our customers on other flights to their final destination.”
Boeing Co is anticipated to formally publish a planned upgrade to its anti-stall system to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as early as Monday. The said plan has been in the works since the Lion Air crash that happened last October, however, it still needs the approval from regulators in the United States.
The FAA has said that it is planning to mandate the upgrade by next month, however, it is still not clear if the upgrade will address any issues following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on the 10th of March.
Last Saturday, Reuters reported that Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines were all meeting with Boeing this weekend to review the software upgrade.
Earlier, the FAA said that the “design changes” would result in the enhancements of the flight control system that will provide “reduced reliance on procedures associated with required pilot memory items.”
Last Thursday, Reuters reported that the upgrade will include a previously optional warning light. Many airlines, including American Airline, already had the optional light.