Following the lead of American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, United has announced cancellations of flights intended to use the 737 MAX through Aug. 3. This is an extension of its previously announced plan to cancel flights through early July.
Some 2400 flights will have to be canceled in June and July alone for United, which operates 14 MAX aircraft. More than 3300 United 737 MAX flights have been canceled since the Boeing’s grounding in mid-March.
Boeing says that it has completed work on the software changes but the FAA has not yet approved them. Earlier reports had the MAX’s ungrounding by late June, but it’s clear that the airlines are playing conservative, especially when considering that these mothballed aircraft will need maintenance and relocation time before carrying passengers again.