Southwest joins American in extending 737 Max cancellations through Labor Day weekend

American Airlines operates 14 of the 737 MAX aircraft and is canceling 115 flights a day as a result of their

American Airlines operates 14 of the 737 MAX aircraft and is canceling 115 flights a day as a result of their

Airlines have been crafting strategies to convince travelers the Max is safe now that Boeing has improved software for a flight-control system that malfunctioned in the accidents and bolstered the fixes with new pilot training. "We have been in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other regulatory authorities, and we are pleased with the progress to date".

Last week the director of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, had projected the return of the 737 MAX to the skies by the end of the year, according to the chain CNBC, and and Bahrami said Wednesday that the assessment was correct.

Bahrami, according to specialists, now the adjustments to the flyer, the Software, the design and the performance in flight tests under the magnifying glass, as he said at a joint meeting of the FAA and the European aviation authority EASA.

Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said that because the timeline for the plane's return to service is unknown, the airline has removed all 737 Max aircraft from its schedule until at least September 2.

The 737 Max will definitely fly before the end of the year, said the FAA security expert Ali Bahrami, the Bloomberg news Agency on Wednesday in Cologne.

CHICAGO-The grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX is "highly likely" to be flying by mid-August, American Airlines Group Inc Chief Executive Doug Parker told shareholders on June 12.

"We'd like to get it flying again so when customers get on it, they realize it's been flying potentially for weeks", said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American.

A number of grounded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are shown parked at Victorville Airport in Victorville, Calif., on March 26, 2019. The company had earlier aimed to increase output to 57 monthly in the second half of the year.

Neither Boeing nor the Federal Aviation Administration has given a clear, public indication of when the 737 Max will receive approval to resume making commercial flights in the United States.

Boeing fell.66 percent to $347.03.

American Airlines has 24 Max jets and dozens more on order.

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