American Airlines cancels all Boeing MAX flights until new software is installed

American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits at a boarding gate at La Guardia Airport in New York. American Airlines is canceling 115 flights per day through mid August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Ma

American Airlines has extended its cancellations for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft until August, according to published reports.

Carriers that have used the aircraft since it went into service two years ago have had to rethink their flight plans since alarms were raised over its safety in the wake of two fatal crashes.

Once the aircraft is recertified, which the executives said they expect will happen "soon", American plans to initially bring its MAX aircraft back on line as spares to supplement its operation as needed during the summer.

All Boeing 737 MAX flights in the US have been grounded since March 13, following two deadly crashes within five months that killed a total of 346 people.

Chicago-based Boeing has been developing a software upgrade for an anti-stall system under scrutiny in both crashes.

According to CNBC, the cancellations amount to about 115 flights per day, roughly 1.5 percent of the United States' total flying per day in the summer.

It earlier removed the Max from its flight schedules through June 5.

Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would be cancelling its MAX flights until August 5. "Once the Max is recertified, we anticipate bringing our Max aircraft back on line as spares to supplement our operation as needed during the summer".

Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas last week that the manufacturer is working closely with its airline customers in its effort to return the Max jets to flight.

Boeing and the FAA announced March 12 that they would develop and recertify a set of modifications to the MCAS system and its related flight-control software.

That also means some flights that were not scheduled to take place on a Max plane may be canceled because the airline aims to affect the smallest number of customers.

American cancelled 350 flights out of Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, but that had nothing to do with the MAX, said spokesman Ross Feinsten.

American also said on its website that customers can request a full refund if they choose not to be rebooked.

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