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American Extends 737 MAX Cancellations

American Airlines has extended the cancellations of about 115 daily flights into September due to the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX planes. The FAA did not issue any statement.

“American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon,” the airline said in a statement.

Boeing has yet to complete a certification test flight and formally submit its software upgrade and training changes to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for approval.

Boeing said it is continuing “to work with global regulators to provide them the information they need to certify the MAX update and related training and education material and safely return the fleet to service”.

They added that they are “partnering with our airline customers to maintain their planes in storage and will provide ‘entry into service’ type support once they are cleared to resume commercial operation”.

American Airlines had previously said it was cancelling flights until August 19 after the Boeing planes were grounded worldwide in March following two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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