Check your reservation: American joins United in extending Boeing 737 Max cancellations into November

Travelers holding tickets for flights on American or United this fall should check their tickets for possible cancellations or changes.

American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, on Sunday said it is taking the Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule through Nov. 2, two months longer than previously planned.

United Airlines made asimilar announcement on Friday, taking it out of its schedule through Nov. 3, a month longer than previously planned.

The Max has been grounded since March 13 following two crashes in less than five months that killed 346 passengers and crew. American has 24 Max 8s and United has 14 Max 9s. 

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American said in a statement that it is confident software updates to the Max along with new pilot training will lead to recertification of the plane this year.

But it said it is extending the Max cancellations through Nov. 2 so travelers can “more reliably” book fall travel. Taking the planes out of its schedule in advance means American doesn’t have to scramble last minute if the plane’s grounding lingers.

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