American Airlines cancels all flights that would be operated with the Boeing 737 MAX up to and including 15 January, the company announced on Wednesday. The airline expects to be able to slowly resume flights with that aircraft type, because it expects the 737 MAX to be approved at the end of this year.
Previously, the company extended the cancellations until December 3.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for checking and approving the software update that the planes must make safe again. American Airlines expects the FAA to allow the 737 MAX back into the airspace after approval in January 2020.
Boeing himself has expressed the hope that the aircraft will be able to go up again in the fourth quarter. The FAA announced on Wednesday that it is going through a "thorough process" of which it is not clear how long it will take. "The FAA will only lift the flight ban when it is deemed safe."
The aircraft type is still not allowed in the air after two fatal crashes caused by the same software problem. On October 29, 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX from Lion Air crashed, killing 189 people. On March 10 this year, the same thing happened with an aircraft from Ethiopian Airlines that crashed shortly after taking off, killing 157 passengers.
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