Passengers Say They'd Wait to Ride the Boeing 737 Max Again

An American Airlines 737 Max sits at the gate at La Guardia airport

American Airlines has 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in its fleet of 964 aircraft, based on planespotters.net data.

None the less, the largest US domestic airliner, American Airlines had said earlier on May that it would be cancelling its fleet of Max 737 up to August 19th, however as it became uncertain when the US FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) would approve Boeing's latest software fix for Max 737 following reveal of another glitch on its wings later last month, American Airlines had chose to extend its grounding of Boeing's Max 737 up to September.

American Airlines said in a statement on Sunday that it is removing its entire 737 Max fleet from its flight schedules through 3 September, later than the previously reported 19 August. The Fort Worth-based carrier had previously pulled the Max from its flight schedule through august 19.

American's reservations team will contact customers still affected by the cancelations by email or telephone and passengers whose flights are canceled and who choose not to rebook are entitled to a refund.

The 737 Max jets have been crowded since March following two fatal crashes that claimed a total of 346 lives after there was an issue with the jet's anti-stall software. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members.

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"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 company said.

Every day that Boeing's 737 Max plane remains grounded, as it has been since April, throws a wrench into 115 daily flights operated by American Airlines. When the 737 Max aircraft were all taken out of service in March 2019, Southwest was operating 34 of the jets, while United was operating 14 of the aircraft.

When asked in late May if he could confirm when the 737 Max would return to service, Dan Elwell, the acting administrator of the FAA said that the agency could not provide a specific date.

Some customers may find their flights booked on other non-Max aircraft types cancelled.

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