American Airlines has just announced that it would extend its grounded Max 8 flight cancellations through June 5th from the earlier time frame of April 5th.
It may be noted that the US FAA has grounded all Max 8 models since mid March this year after two deadly crashes of these planes involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines have been reported.
American Airlines’ extension of its Boeing 737 Max 8 flight cancellations through June will mean more discomfort for its US passengers who have already booked Max 8 flights for their future journeys. The airline will contact those affected passengers by either phone or email to offer more flight choices to rebook, it also confirmed that all flight cancellations are eligible for a refund if the impacted passengers don’t wish to rebook.
The plane maker, Boeing has announced last month that it has the hardware and software upgrades to ensure the safety of its Boeing 737 Max 8 models. However there hasn’t been much breakthrough on this and the suspension of these models in the US and the rest of the globe continues. Boeing announced Friday that it plans to cut down the production of the 737 Max 8 model in the future.
American Airlines, the Texas based airline is America’s largest airline in terms revenue, has 24 Boeing 737 Max8 jets in its fleet which have been grounded since the FAA’s ban on these. The airline is awaiting further information from the relevant authorities like Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation (DOT), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Boeing for latest updates on the relaxation of this temporary grounding of these flights. Not only American Airlines other affected airlines in the US are also hoping to resume their Boeing 737 Max8 operations.