Southwest said that any changes to current estimates of when 737 jets will be allowed to 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.
Southwest said Friday that it will keep its Max out of its schedule until March 6, about a month longer than previously planned, citing continued uncertainty.More news: Celtic Gave Us Chances, We Didn't Take Them, Lazio Star Laments
The domestic-focused United States carrier, which had previously set February 8 as a return date for the MAX, said "proactively" removing the aircraft from service reduced the likelihood of last-minute cancellations and disruption.
Boeing has acknowledged it expects to acquire regulatory approval to renew flights within the fourth quarter of 2019, however that timeframe has begun to look not sure because the cease of the yr strategies. The FAA said it would take 30 days after the certification flight before it would unground the plane. according to Reuters.
Without the planes, Southwest says it will cancel about 175 flights each weekday.More news: Iran’s president: New oil field found with over 50B barrels
The company has had discussions with Boeing regarding compensation for damages due to the Max groundings, but said on Friday that no conclusions have been reached. 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 had 34 Maxes in its fleet with another 200 on order at the time of the grounding in March.
The jet's flight control system - including the so-called MCAS anti-stall system - played a role in the crashes of both the Ethiopian Airlines flight in March this year and in the Lion Air flight in October last year.
Southwest Airlines has delayed the use of the Boeing 737 Max jet, which was involved in two deadly crashes, for another month. Without clarity on the MAX timeline, it said it could not update a previous forecast for first-quarter capacity to grow between 2% and 3%.More news: Trump says he might attend Russia Victory Day events in May