American Airlines Joins Southwest In Abandoning Hope 737 MAX Will Fly Again This Year | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

American Airlines Joins Southwest In Abandoning Hope 737 MAX Will Fly Again This Year

Even as Boeing still tells anyone who will listen that it is confident the infamous 737 MAX plane will fly again this year, its biggest clients are giving up hope, and earlier today American Airlines abandoned expectations it would resume flights with the Boeing Co. 737 Max this year, pulling the troubled plane from the carrier’s schedule beyond the end of 2019, at least through January 15, 2020.

As Bloomberg notes, the world's largest airline, which previously removed the aircraft through Dec. 3, is canceling 140 flights per day as its two dozen Max jets remain grounded indefinitely. With its announcement that it won't fly a 737MAX until 2020 at the earliest, American follows Southwest Airlines which in July said that it wouldn’t fly the plane before Jan. 6. Southwest is the largest Max operator, with 34.

United Airlines remains the major outlier, and still has the Max set to return to its schedule on Dec. 19, while Air Canada has removed the plane until Jan. 8.

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