American Airlines cancels all 737 Max flights through August 19

Key Points
  • American Airlines said Sunday it will cancel all Boeing 737 Max flights through August 19 as the fleet remains grounded.
  • American Airlines said the cancellations will affect about 115 flights per day.
An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, on a flight from Miami to New York City, comes in for landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York, March 12, 2019.
Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

American Airlines is extending cancellations for the Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 19, a key summer travel period, as the jets remain grounded.

The cancellations amount to about 115 flights per day, roughly 1.5% of American's total flying per day in the summer, the airline said. They come after the Max's anti-stall software was implicated in an Ethiopian crash in March that killed 157 people.

It's unclear when the Max, which has been grounded since mid-March, will return. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix.

On Friday, Southwest Airlines removed the Max jet from its schedule through Aug. 5. United has canceled Max flights through June 5.

"We remain confident that the impending software updates, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing for the MAX, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon," American CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom wrote in a letter to employees Sunday.

Parker also said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year.

As major airlines continue to extend cancellations, Boeing said Thursday that it's completed 96 flights with the new Max software fix. The planemaker will likely submit the fix to Federal Aviation Administration regulators within the next couple weeks.

737 Max not coming back any time soon
737 Max not coming back any time soon