American Airlines, the biggest airline company in the United States, announced on Sunday that it will extend the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, covering upcoming peak travel season, which will have a big impact on the quarterly profit of big airline companies.
According to American Airlines, the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will be extended from June 5 to August 19. During this period, American Airlines will cancel about 115 flights of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft per day.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), June, July and August are the peak travel months in the northern hemisphere. During this period, American airline companies usually do their best to fly all their planes and often make the most profits of the year.
With the traditional peak travel season just around the corner, many American airline companies said that they would have to deal with the difficult situation of failing to provide transportation services and mounting financial losses due to the shortage of planes.
The grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is extended again in order to ensure the passengers’ confidence of air safety of the company, according to a letter from the executives of American Airlines to the employees. Regarding the time to fly Boeing 737 MAX aircraft again, American Airlines said that they will wait for information from the FAA, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board and other regulatory departments.
American Airlines now has 24 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts and is expected to receive 16 new aircrafts of the same model. American Airlines announced earlier this month that the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts was extended from April 24 to June 5 due to the two fatal accidents that happened respectively in Ethiopia and Indonesia within five months.