American extends Max 8 cancellations to April 24

American Airlines has extended cancellations related to the
grounding of its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft through April 24.

“This will result in the cancellation of approximately
90 flights each day based on our April schedule,” the carrier said in
statement. “By proactively canceling these flights, we are able to provide
better service to our customers with availability and rebooking options.”

American noted that not all flights that had been slated for
Max 8 service will be cancelled. Some will instead be operated with other
aircraft. Conversely, some flights that weren’t scheduled with a Max will be
canceled so that the airline can substitute that aircraft onto a Max route.

American noted that travel advisors who booked flights for
clients will contact their customers directly to inform them of cancellations.
The carrier said it will rebook such flights for free or provide full refunds.

Max aircraft in U.S. fleets have been grounded by order of
the FAA since March 13. The grounding followed crashes of 737 Max planes in
Indonesia and Ethiopia in October and March, respectively. Boeing is currently
working on a software fix designed to address faulty communications between a
sensor on the aircraft wing and the flight automation system, which
investigators blame for the October crash of a Lion Air Max 8.  

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