Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

American Airlines Plans to Resume Boeing 737 Max Flights in 2020

American Airlines Plans to Resume Boeing 737 Max Flights in 2020

The FAA has been working with Boeing, worldwide authorities, the aviation industry and a team of technical experts to return the Boeing 737 MAX to service.

American, which is canceling 140 MAX flight per day, said it now expects the aircraft to return to service January 16. The 737 MAX was grounded last March after the fatal crashes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10 and Lion Air Flight 610 on October 29, 2018.

The company announced Wednesday that it expects federal regulators to re-certify the aircraft late this year in time for American Max flights to resume on January 16, 2020.

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has been working to get a better understanding of the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight, certification and delegation along with an investigation into Boeing's design and development of the 737 MAX. The airline noted that since the number of flights on 737 Max jets will slowly increase over the course of a month, there may be additional schedule changes.

The FAA said there is no timeline for when the Max planes will be re-certified.

Further inside the bid, Boeing Co.'s net order over first three quarters of 2019, had hit a negative figure of 84 aircrafts including cancellations, while the bankruptcy of India's Jet Airways, which had forced Boeing Co. The airline cancelled 9,475 flights in the third quarter and estimates the dropped flights will impact pre-tax income by about $140 million, it said in a simultaneous investor update.

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Among other US airlines that operate the MAX, Southwest Airlines Co. has canceled flights through January 5 and United Airlines Holdings Inc. until December 19.

Boeing's commercial plane deliveries dropped by two-thirds in the third quarter as the lengthy grounding of its top-selling 737 MAX continues to dent results, the company said on Tuesday.

Boeing said in a statement it was aware of the lawsuit and would vigorously defend against it.

Even once the plane is flying again, it will take some time for the airlines to increase the capacity that they lost due to the grounding of the jets. However, U.S. and European Union regulators said this week that they're still in the process of reviewing the revisions made to the aircraft.

Last week, officials with the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association indicated at their annual meeting that it would take until February or March for their airline to resume flying the MAX, according to the Associated Press.

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