American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max flight cancellations

Boeing 737 Max aircraft lands at the Southern California Logistics Airport in the high desert town of Victorville Calif

Boeing 737 Max aircraft lands at the Southern California Logistics Airport in the high desert town of Victorville Calif

American Airlines Group Inc said on Sunday it is extending Boeing Co 737 MAX cancellations through August 19, leading to about 115 daily canceled flights, or 1.5 percent of its daily summer flying schedule.

In a letter to employees and customers, Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said they believe the 737 MAX will be recertified before August 19, but they want to ensure reliability "for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans".

The U.S. grounded Boeing's 737 Max plane in mid-March after two deadly plane crashes.

Chicago-based Boeing has been developing a software upgrade for an anti-stall system under scrutiny in both crashes.

Senior officials at American Airlines said they were "confident" that the Boeing upgrade would be approved by USA aviation regulators before 19 August, despite its decision to ground its fleet of 24 planes until then.

In a letter to employees, American CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said the new cancellations represent 1.5% of its total flights each day of the busy summer travel season. The airline, which has 24 Max jets, said its reservations and sales teams will work with customers to manage their travel plans.

American previously planned to cancel Max flights through early June. That also means some flights that were not scheduled to take place on a Max plane may be canceled because the airline aims to affect the smallest number of customers.

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