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Nellie Chapman
June 13, 2019

In effect, American Airlines now won't use its fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes any time this summer.

American Airlines has extended Boeing 737 MAX flight cancellations until September 3 but says it remains confident the aircraft will be recertified soon.

American said about 115 flights per day would be cancelled as a result of the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX fleet that has been in place since March.

The Dallas-based carrier originally canceled flights on the embattled plane through August, saying it would take a $350 million financial hit.

American Airlines said Sunday it is extending those cancellations through September 3.

American's reservations team will contact customers still affected by the cancelations by email or telephone and passengers whose flights are canceled and who choose not to rebook are entitled to a refund. The plane was grounded in mid-March after two fatal crashes, putting focus on a particular safety feature on the plane. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members.

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The company said it has been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other regulatory authorities.

The airline "remains confident" that the jets will be cleared for flight once Boeing rolls out software updates and "new training elements" for the pilots and crew, which are now in development.

According to a new a study for Atmosphere, led by consultant Henry Harteveldt, 20 percent of USA travelers would definitely avoid flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane in the first six months after flights on the aircraft resume, The Los Angeles Times reported. American has 24 of the jets.

Not all of the American flights scheduled to be flown by the 737 Max will be canceled outright. United Airlines, which owns 14 Max planes, has canceled flights through August 3.

When asked in late May if he could confirm when the 737 Max would return to service, Dan Elwell, the acting administrator of the FAA said that the agency could not provide a specific date.

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