FILE PHOTO: United Airlines aircraft, including Boeing 737 MAX 9 model, are depicted at George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, USA, March 1
CHICAGO (Reuters) Airlines Holdings ( UAL.O ) said on Friday it is extending the cancellation of Boeing 737 MAX flights by another month until December 19 as planes remain grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in the past. year.
Boeing Co ( BA.N ) stated that it hoped to obtain regulatory approval for updated flight management software at the center of the two crashes in October, but could take a month or two to train Airlines pilot the new software and prepare the planes for commercial flight after sitting idle for months.
As grounding, which began in mid-March, dragged on, airlines that added one-time, single-fueled MAX for the past two years have had to cancel thousands of monthly flights, eating up their profits.
Chicago-based United had previously withdrawn its 14,737 MAX jets from its flight plan by early November. Without MAX, the carrier said it expected to cancel about 2,800 flights in November and 1,700 by December 19.
Among other US airlines operating MAX, Southwest Airlines Co ( LUV.N ) canceled flights in early January due to grounding, while American Airlines Group ( AAL.O ) canceled until early November, saying he believed he could fly planes by the holidays.
While the MAX reagents of the three airlines make up only a fraction of their entire fleet at the time of grounding, the impact on their schedules has intensified as deliveries of dozens of new orders remain frozen until the aircraft are approved to fly again,
Reporting by Tracy Ruchinski; Editing by Carolyn Staufer and Jonathan Oatis