American Airlines to scrap 115 flights over 737 Max planes

Updated: Apr 16, 2019, 10:40 IST | Agencies

With Boeing facing intense scrutiny, the global fleet of 737 Max planes has been barred from flying since mid-March

American Airlines to scrap 115 flights over 737 Max planes
In this file photo, a Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines passes by the Lockheed Martin building. Pic/AFP

Washington: American Airlines announced on Sunday that it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes is being grounded until August 19. America's leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash on March 10.

"These 115 flights represent approximately 1.5 per cent of American's total flying each day this summer," American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement. But he stressed his confidence in the aircraft overall.

"Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing, we are highly confident that the MAX will be recertified prior to this time (August 19)," he said, "By extending our cancellations through the summer, we can plan more reliably for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it comes to their travel plans. He added, "Once the MAX is recertified, we anticipate bringing our MAX aircraft back on line as spares to supplement our operation as needed during the summer."

'Overhaul 737 Max'

US President Donald Trump lambasted the Boeing 737 Max plane on Monday, saying it should be improved with unspecified new features and given a new name. "What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name," Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

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