By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc (O:) and United Airlines Holdings Inc (O:) are pushing back the return of Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX flights until August and September, respectively, a fresh delay that comes after sources told Reuters that the timing of a key certification flight may not occur until at least April.
American is cancelling 737 MAX flights until Aug. 18 and United until Sept. 4, the two said in separate statements on Friday. The other U.S. 737 MAX operator, Southwest Airlines Co (N:), has extended its flight cancellations until Aug. 10.
The new timelines mean that the three carriers will be flying without the 737 MAX for the second straight U.S. summer, an issue that hit their profits during last year’s peak travel season.
Boeing’s 737 MAX was grounded worldwide last March…