United pushes back expected return of grounded Boeing planes
United Airlines said Friday it is eliminating the grounded Boeing 737 Max from its schedule up until early September, requiring it to cancel thousands more flights.
United, Southwest and American are bracing for a 2nd straight summer without their Max airplanes, which have been grounded since last March after 2 crashes killed 346 people.
The result will be less flights than the airline companies had actually planned to use during the peak summer-travel season. That could lead to somewhat greater fares.
United had 14 Max jets when they were grounded, but expected to be flying more of them by now. The Chicago-based airline company said it will scrap 80 flights a day– about 2,500 a month– over the summer.
By taking the airplanes out of the schedule now up until Sept. 4, United hopes to prevent last-minute cancellations that might leave passengers stranded. United’s decision– its newest hold-up in returning limit– came a day after Southwest took the airplane out of its schedule through Aug. 10.
Boeing is evaluating updates to flight-control software application that contributed in the crashes by pressing the airplanes’ noses down based on defective readings from sensors. Boeing does not anticipate the Federal Aviation Administration to accept the changes up until this summer season, nevertheless, and airline companies will need extra time to upgrade planes and re-train pilots on limit.