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Southwest Expands Hawaii Flights, Pushes Back Return Of Troubled Boeing Max Again

Southwest 737 MAX Southwest will need time to return the type to service
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2019, 23:43

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines said on Friday that they were extending the cancellation of 737 Max flights until at least the first week of March, 2020, fas Boeing faces increasing hurdles and turmoil as it seeks approval to return the plane to service before the end of this year. However, it now expects to return the planes to service by March 5, almost one year after the deadly Ethiopian Airlines accident which killed 157 people and led to the worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX.

Aside from that, the Southwest and American, had also been taking heavy hits in to their profits as they had to grapple with a growing number of passengers during holiday seasons with slimmer fleets.

Southwest said that any changes to current estimates of the 737 MAX's return to service could lead to flight cancellations beyond March 6, as well as further delays in aircraft deliveries and additional financial damages. It has impacted every single person of the Boeing Company.

United Airlines, the other U.S. 737 MAX operator, had thus far cancelled flights into January, although it may yet have to extend that time frame.

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The documentation, which was the latest setback, has raised questions into when Boeing can complete a certification test flight and get the plane approved to resume flying, and whether that could happen before 2020. The Federal Aviation Administration issued its order on March 13, 2019. While Southwest has always had an all-Boeing fleet and has tied its future growth to the Max, the airline recently said it would review whether to add other aircraft types. It now said that it would cancel 737 Max flights through March 6. That toll will only rise the longer the MAX remains parked.

It is the largest customer of the aircraft in the U.S. with 34 in its fleet and 200 orders pending when air authorities made the decision not to allow the planes to fly in the wake of the two fatal accidents.

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