United Airlines has extended the cancellation of the Boeing 737 Max flights until November 3 at least, the company announced Friday, which will affect 5,000 flights in September and October.
The airline had already extended cancellations until September 3, after the announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration discovered a new flaw in the flight software Boeing's 737 Max plane – a different plane from the flaw that caused two fatal accidents that claimed the lives of 346 people. Boeing's CEO recently acknowledged that the company needs more time to repair this new fault and that the FAA will need to approve the fix before recertifying the aircraft.
Southwest Airlines, which uses more plans from 737 Max than its US competitors, said The edge that he sticks to his previous plan of reinstatement of the plane on October 1, pending a recertification. In the meantime, he canceled 150 of his 4,000 daily flights. An American Airlines spokesman said the company had "nothing to share right now" about his plans. American Airlines had previously canceled 737 Max flights until September 3rd. (Delta Air Lines does not fly the aircraft Boeing 737 Max.)
"We have decided to remove MAX flights from our program until November 3," a spokesman for United Airlines said in a statement. "During this time, we will continue to take extraordinary steps to protect our clients' travel plans, and in the future we will continue to monitor the regulatory process and make the necessary adjustments to our activities and schedule. to benefit the customers who travel with us. "
The 737 Max was immobilized worldwide in March after the second fatal crash of the aircraft in five months. The accidents were similar in that they were caused largely by a software This was supposed to help prevent the new 737 Max aircraft from stalling in certain situations. This software, known as Maneuverability Enhancement System, or MCAS, performs calculations based on readings from a single external sensor on the 737 Max. Above all, there was no way to know if this sensor was damaged.
In both flights, the plans tried to fight to stall what was not happening. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that pilots in both accidents did not know the MCAS because Boeing did not know it. disclose correctly the software for the airlines in order to save money and put the 737 Max on the market faster.
Sara Nelson, who heads the Association of the Flight Attendant Association, said earlier this week that she is not eager to see the 737 Max take back the plane. "We discover that Boeing was a very arrogant company that was really allowed to make decisions all the time," she said.