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American Airlines Prolongs Ban on Boeing 737 MAX Flights Until November

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – American Airlines has extended its ban on Boeing 737 MAX flights through early November, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

“American [Airlines] is extending cancellations for the MAX through Nov. 2. By doing so, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American. In total, approximately 115 flights per day will be cancelled through Nov. 2,” the company said in a statement.

The move comes right after United Airlines announced its decision to keep Boeing 737 MAX flights out of schedule until 3 November. The airline said it was planning to cancel more than 8,000 flights from July through October.

The aircraft was grounded after two 737 MAX planes crashed within six months of each other — the first in Indonesia in October 2018, killing all 189 people on board, and the second in Ethiopia this March, when all 157 passengers and crew members died. The investigations into the incidents showed that flaws in the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System contributed to the crashes.

© AP PHOTO / TED S. WARREN Boeing 737 MAX 8

After the second crash, the global Boeing 737 MAX fleet has been grounded while the company is working to fix all the issues reported with the troubled model.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 14, 2019 at 02:38PM

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