American, United pushed 737 MAX back in the wake of the new approval delay

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CHICAGO / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines Group (AAL.O) and United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) is pushing back the return of Boeing 737 MAX flights until August and September, a new delay comes after sources told Reuters that the time of an important certification flight could be did not happen until at least April.

FILE PHOTO – An American Airlines aircraft sitting on a runway at LAX in Los Angeles, California, USA, March 4, 2019. Photo taken March 4, 2019. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson

American is canceling 737 MAX flights until August 18 and United until September 4, the two said in separate statements on Friday. Another US 737 MAX operator, Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N), extended flight cancellation until August 10.

The new timeline means that three carriers will fly without 737 MAX for the second consecutive summer in the United States, a problem affecting their profits during last year's peak travel season.

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft landed worldwide in March last year after two accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people in five months.

It took the U.S. aircraft manufacturer months to update software that was supposed to play a role in both incidents, but new problems emerged, complicating managers' efforts to reappear. planes.

The duration of a certified flight, an important step in the approval process, has been delayed several times. The latest unofficial guide is that the flight will take place this month, but for now it's unlikely to happen while …

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