American Airlines announced on Wednesday, October 9, that it would keep its Boeing 737 MAX fleet grounded until January 15, as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to conduct its regulatory review of the aircraft. The airline had previously expected the 737 MAX to return to service before the end of 2019. Grounding of the 737 MAX caused American to cancel 9,475 flights in its third fiscal quarter. Other US airlines have also extended the grounding of their 737 MAX fleets, with Southwest Airlines Co. canceling MAX flights through January 5, and United Airlines Holdings Inc. canceling MAX flights through December 19.
Boeing and various international aviation authorities recommended the temporary suspension of all Model 737 MAX aircraft worldwide on Wednesday, March 13, after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, March 10, which killed all 157 people onboard a Boeing Model 737 MAX 8. All Boeing Model 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded worldwide.
Individuals traveling with American Airlines over the next several months are advised to confirm their flight reservations.
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