American again pushes back 737 Max return

American again pushes back 737 Max return
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American Airlines has once again delayed its planned reintroduction of the Boeing 737 Max. The carrier is now scheduled to bring the aircraft back into service on Jan. 16. 

American had previously targeted Dec. 3 for its 737 Max relaunch.

"American Airlines anticipates that the impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max will lead to recertification of the aircraft later this year and resumption of commercial service in January 2020," the carrier said Wednesday. "We are in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation."

In a regulatory filing Wednesday, American said the grounding cost it approximately $140 million in revenue in the third quarter and forced it to remove 9,475 flights from its schedule.

American had 24 Max planes in its fleet when the aircraft type was grounded last March. American also has 76 Max planes on order. 

Southwest has removed the Max from its schedule until Jan. 5. United has the aircraft on its schedule beginning Dec. 19.


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