American Airlines is taking the troubled Boeing 737 Max jets off its schedules for another two months until at least Nov. 2.
The move will force American Airlines to cancel about 115 flights each day. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet, the second most of any U.S. carrier behind only Dallas-based Southwest Airlines with 34.
American said it is hopeful the plane will be recertified to fly by the end of the year, but it is canceling flights through Nov. 2 to give more predictability to the coming fall travel season.
"By doing so, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American," the company said in a statement.
Boeing 737 Max jets have been grounded by the FAA since March following two crashes over the last year in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.
Southwest has taken the Boeing 737 Max aircraft off its schedule through Oct. 1.
The cancellations push American Airlines closer to the holiday travel season with Thanksgiving on Nov. 28. If American can't add its 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft back into its fleet then, it will have to continue to stretch a fleet already thin over the summer.
"American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year," the statement from American said. " We are in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other regulatory authorities."
Boeing, meanwhile, is still working on fixes related to its problematic MCAS system, which was intended to help maneuver the jet, but is to blame for the two deadly crashes. In June, Federal Aviation Administrators found a new issue that would need fixed. Boeing has not given a timeline for when the series of planes would be certified to return to service.
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