• American extends cancellations as Boeing 737 Maxs remain grounded

    By: Stephanie Tinoco

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - American Airlines announced Sunday it will extend cancellations of more flights that were scheduled on the carrier's fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes.

    The cancellations were initially scheduled to last through April 24 and then, through June 5 as the planes remained grounded worldwide after two deadly crashes and concerns over safety features. 

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    A spokesperson said the airline has proactively decided to extend cancellations of 115 flights each day through Aug. 19, which is an increase from the initial 90 flights a day and an extension of the 85 flights that have been canceled every day since the aircraft was grounded. 

    The airline company said they are confident the Max planes will be recertified before August, but hope the cancellation extension will provide confidence to customers in peak summer travel season. 

    American Airlines said they are still waiting to hear back from regulating authorities like the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, and the National Transportation Safety Board that would allow the 24 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft in their fleet to resume flying.

    At first, the cancellations were scheduled to last through March 28. 

    The advanced cancelation is supposed to give customers better re-booking options.

    American Airlines said they will be contacting customers affected directly by email or telephone. But, not all flights previously scheduled on a Max will be canceled. Officials said they are working to substitute other aircraft.

    It is still important to note, if your flight was not scheduled to be on a Max, you still may be affected. 

    The airline said they will be using different aircraft to cover a Max route. The goal they said is to impact the smallest number of people.

    "Safety is the number one thing. If I got bumped off my fight even though I'm a paying passenger, oh absolutely it would be very, very frustrating. After finding out what you're telling me, I'm definitely going to make sure my flight is not canceled," traveler Linda Wahe said.

    "I mean that's a big deal for travelers. You know, you put them in a bad spot if they need to get somewhere quick, but then again, safety. You want to make sure while you're in the air that safety is the main concern," traveler Zachary James said. "Just good for them to look out for them and protecting the consumer that shows the passengers that safety is on their minds so that's good for American Airlines to be doing that."

    American Airlines said if your flight was canceled and you do not want to rebook, you may request a full refund.

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