United Airlines confirmed that it will extend the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aeroplanes until November 3. This will result in 2,100 flight cancelations in September and a further 2,900 flight cancelations in October.
United said in a statement: “We are continuing to work through the schedule to try and swap and upgauge aircraft to mitigate the disruption caused by the grounding of the MAX. We continue to automatically book affected customers on alternate flights. If we are unable to place them on a different flight, we will proactively reach out to try and offer other options.”
Since the two deadly Boeing 737 crashes – in Indonesia in October of 2018, and Ethiopia in March of 2019 – which resulted in the deaths of 346 people, the 737 MAX models have been grounded since mid-March. The anti-stall software has been implicated as the cause of these crashes.
Major airlines such as American and Southwest have canceled thousands of 737 MAX flights during peak summer tourist season. It is expected that these airlines will also extend their cancelations. Delta Air Lines, which does not have 737 MAX flights, reported that it is seeing a slight business benefit since its rivals are having problems with the cancelations.
Boeing’s 737 MAX will not return to the skies until aviation regulators approve that they have solved their software issues and are now once again safe to fly.
United Airlines have confirmed that they are planning to extend the grounding of the faulty Boeing 737 MAX aeroplanes until at least November 3.