United extends Boeing 737 Max cancellations into December

David Oliver, USA TODAY

The Boeing 737 Max cancellations have been extended once again.

United announced Friday that it would keep the planes out of commission until Dec. 19, just ahead of the busy holiday travel season. Previously, the airline said the aircraft would be off its schedule through Nov. 3, already a month longer than its original plan.

The airline expects to cancel thousands of flights in the coming months as a result of the continued grounding:

  • September: About 70 flights per day (2,100 for the month)
  • October: About 95 flights per day (2,900 for the month)
  • November: About 93 flights per day (2,800 for the month)
  • December: About 96 flights per day (1,700 for part of the month)

American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, said last month it was taking the Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule through Nov. 2.

Southwest Airlines said last month it had removed the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its schedule through Jan. 5.

The Max has been grounded since March 13 following two crashes in less than five months that killed 346 passengers and crew. American has 24 Max 8s and United has 14 Max 9s. 

Airlines have kept the Max in their schedule for future travel since the grounding because they expect it to come back. They have had to repeatedly pull it from their schedules an additional month or two at a time.

Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson

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