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3D model of an American Airlines MAX-8 (image: CGTrader)

American cancels 90 flights a day until June

The continued grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX flights has implications for American Airlines at least until June.

American Airlines says it is being forced to extend its flight cancellations at least until June, as the controversial Boeing 737 MAX aircraft type remains grounded.

It is having to cancel around 90 flights a day, a measure it initially said would last until April 24 but will now continue until June 5 at the earliest.

This inevitably means disruption for many travellers, the airline admits.

20% cut
The MAX has been grounded around the world since mid-March in the wake of the second air disaster involving the plane.

Boeing said on Friday that it would cut production of the MAX aircraft by nearly 20% in order to focus on fixing the faulty anti-stall system software that has been implicated in the crashes.

Airlines that own the model including American, the biggest US carrier by revenue, have been trying to fill the gaps in their schedules left by the suddenly grounded MAX. American Airlines has 24 MAX aircraft in its fleet.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-based carrier says that cancelling the flights in advance provides better service to customers, giving them time to rearrange their travel with re-booking options.

For now, it awaits information from Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration as to when a fix for the MAX will become available.

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