American Airlines will not employ Boeing 737 Max aircraft till at least September, pushing back the anticipated reintroduction of the issued plane by minimum two additional weeks. The airline declared this week that, while it “stays certain” that new training efforts and an upcoming software upgraded from Boeing will be sufficient to get the 737 Max reapproved, it needs to offer “team members and customers” enough time to “dependably plan their next travel.”
Boeing claimed earlier in May that it had finished the software upgraded intended to fix the anti-stall network that had a huge role in two deadly accidents in 5 Months, but that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) was holding up the procedure. Boeing has finished its own test flights with the help of the new software, but still requires performing an approval flight as fraction of the formal review procedure by FAA.
Meanwhile, American Airlines has to call off 115 flights daily from now to September, when it anticipates being capable of flying the 737 Max again. American Airlines is one of 3 US airlines that uses the 737 Max, along with Southwest and United. The firm claimed in April that it hopes to lose $350 Million while the 737 Max is not in use, and this week’s declaration means those losses can get worse. Southwest and United had earlier called off thousands of 737 Max flights in August.
On a related note, the overestimation by Boeing for the 737 Max’s security might have been prompted partially by a simple but dangerous issue: many of the individuals involved were not aware of the modifications. The media has stated that some testers, engineers, and regulators were not aware that Boeing had made the MCAS anti-stall system of the jet far more aggressive. This was also backed by media insiders and sources.