American Airlines has cancelled their Boeing 737 MAX flights through to December 3, 2019. In a statement yesterday, American Airlines said the cancellations, whilst unfortunate, allowed the airline and its customers to plan ahead with some certainty. It allows the airline to put new aircraft on to routes and re-accommodate passengers whose flights have been affected. The 737 MAX grounding will see approximately 140 American Airlines flights a day cancelled throughout November 2019.
The decision by American Airlines follows a similar decision by United Airlines who have extended their 737 MAX cancellations through to December 19, 2019. Whilst the cancellations don’t extend over Christmas, they do cover the Thanksgiving holiday. As the airlines move into the busy holiday period, cancellations are rising. Until now, American Airlines has cancelled less than 120 flights a day owing to the 737 MAX grounding. Now it is forecasting that cancellation rate to rise.