Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Southwest, American Airways push back MAX return until finally March

Southwest, American Airways push back MAX return until finally March

A number of grounded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are shown parked at Victorville Airport in Victorville, California, US, March 26, 2019. Southwest had originally grounded the plane through February 8, and has now extended that grounding through March 6, the biggest delay from a US carrier.

While Boeing continues to work on software alterations, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker recently said he believes the 737 MAX "is going to get certified sometime in the near future". It cited "continued uncertainty around the timing of MAX returns to service" by the FAA, CNN reported.

United Airlines and American Airlines, the other two USA 737 MAX operators, have thus far canceled flights into January, although they may yet have to extend that time frame.

That has thrown into question when Boeing can complete a certification test flight.

Southwest Airlines has delayed the use of the Boeing 737 Max jet, which was involved in two deadly crashes, for another month. The Federal Aviation Administration has said it would not unground the planes until 30 days after that flight occurs.

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Boeing has acknowledged it expects to acquire regulatory approval to renew flights within the fourth quarter of 2019, however that timeframe has begun to look not sure because the cease of the yr strategies.

The revision will remove an estimated 175 weekday flights from its schedule out of roughly 4,000 daily flights.

It is the largest customer of the aircraft in the United States with 34 in its fleet and 200 orders pending when air authorities made the decision not to allow the planes to fly in the wake of the two fatal accidents.

The Boeing (NYSE:BA) loss was the largest contributor to the Dow's small decline on Friday. Southwest's chief executive, Gary Kelly, has repeatedly said he is "not happy" with the Max situation. In a similar decision announced earlier on Friday, Southwest Airlines said it would keep the jets grounded until March 6.

Southwest also said it would not be able to make operational revenue forecasts in the first quarter of 2020 due to the issue.

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