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American Airlines Flight 1441, a 4:45 p.m. departure from Dallas to Tucson, Arizona, was canceled Thursday.
So is American Flight 337, a 7:24 a.m. departure from Chicago to New York on Friday.
Neither flight was scheduled on a Boeing 737 Max, but both were canceled in the wake of Wednesday’s grounding of the new plane by the Federal Aviation Administration following two fatal crashes in less than five months.
American and fellow Max operators Southwest and United Airlines are feverishly moving planes and passengers around behind the scenes to make up for a sudden shrinking of their fleet. It’s similar to what happens every time there’s a snowstorm or other weather disruption that grounds planes.
The number of grounded Boeing 737 Max planes isn’t huge relative to the airlines’ total fleets — American has 24 Boeing 737 Max 8s in its fleet of 950 mainline aircraft — and the number of daily flights is a small percentage, too.
But the trio of airlines flew nearly 300 daily flights between them on the Boeing 737 Max, and those passengers have to be accommodated somewhere, especially in the busy spring break travel season, when planes are packed.
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