Southwest Airlines keeping Boeing 737 Max jets grounded through March 6

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Boeing has targeted this quarter for the narrow-body plane to be cleared to fly again, which requires Federal Aviation Administration approval of new software and other changes meant to avoid a repeat of the disasters. Southwest and American, the two largest USA operators of the aircraft, have had to scale back growth plans and are together canceling more than 300 flights a day, taking a hit to profits as they manage slimmer fleets without the 737 MAX. It cited "continued uncertainty around the timing of MAX returns to service" by the FAA, CNN reported.

United Airlines and American Airlines have canceled their 737 Max flights into January.

Earlier this week, regulators found gaps and substandard documents in the recertification paperwork submitted by Boeing, and asked for revisions.

Regulators began reviewing Boeing's technical documentation within the last week, and the audit has not been completed.

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

Home-focused Southwest, which had beforehand set February eight as a return day for the MAX, talked about "proactively" eliminating the aircraft from assist minimized the probability of previous-moment cancellations and disruption.

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American had last stated that it planned ot begin reintroducing the jet to service on January 16, assuming that Boeing would meet its expected timeline of winning USA approval during the fourth quarter of this year.

The 737 Max, Boeing's best-selling plane, has been grounded since March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.

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

Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Just two days ago, American Chief Executive Doug Parker said he was hopeful that the aircraft would "get certified in the near future". The airline is still targeting seven Max deliveries this quarter, with the remaining 34 pushed into 2020, but said it "offers no assurances that current estimations and timelines are correct".

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