United Airlines cancels all 737 Max flights through early July

United Airlines has extended cancellations of the Boeing 737 Max through early July, following similar moves by other major airlines coping with the jet’s prolonged grounding. American Airlines said Sunday it will cancel all Max flights through Aug. 19. On Friday, Southwest Airlines removed the Max jet from its schedule through Aug. 5. United had previously cancelled Max flights through June 5. The widespread cancellations come after the Max’s anti-stall software was implicated in two fatal cras


United Airlines has extended cancellations of the Boeing 737 Max through early July, following similar moves by other major airlines coping with the jet’s prolonged grounding. American Airlines said Sunday it will cancel all Max flights through Aug. 19. On Friday, Southwest Airlines removed the Max jet from its schedule through Aug. 5. United had previously cancelled Max flights through June 5. The widespread cancellations come after the Max’s anti-stall software was implicated in two fatal cras
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United Airlines cancels all 737 Max flights through early July

United Airlines has extended cancellations of the Boeing 737 Max through early July, following similar moves by other major airlines coping with the jet’s prolonged grounding.

American Airlines said Sunday it will cancel all Max flights through Aug. 19. On Friday, Southwest Airlines removed the Max jet from its schedule through Aug. 5. United had previously cancelled Max flights through June 5.

The widespread cancellations come after the Max’s anti-stall software was implicated in two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia since October.


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American Airlines cancels all 737 Max flights through August 19

American Airlines is extending cancellations for the Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 19, a key summer travel period, as the jets remain grounded. The cancellations amount to about 115 flights per day, roughly 1.5% of American’s total flying per day in the summer, the airline said. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix. United has canceled Max flights through June 5. As major airlines continue to extend cancellations, Boeing said Thursday that it


American Airlines is extending cancellations for the Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 19, a key summer travel period, as the jets remain grounded. The cancellations amount to about 115 flights per day, roughly 1.5% of American’s total flying per day in the summer, the airline said. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix. United has canceled Max flights through June 5. As major airlines continue to extend cancellations, Boeing said Thursday that it
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American Airlines cancels all 737 Max flights through August 19

American Airlines is extending cancellations for the Boeing 737 Max aircraft through August 19, a key summer travel period, as the jets remain grounded.

The cancellations amount to about 115 flights per day, roughly 1.5% of American’s total flying per day in the summer, the airline said. They come after the Max’s anti-stall software was implicated in an Ethiopian crash in March that killed 157 people.

It’s unclear when the Max, which has been grounded since mid-March, will return. Boeing has slowed production and stopped deliveries as it works on a software fix.

On Friday, Southwest Airlines removed the Max jet from its schedule through Aug. 5. United has canceled Max flights through June 5.

“We remain confident that the impending software updates, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing for the MAX, will lead to recertification of the aircraft soon,” American CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom wrote in a letter to employees Sunday.

Parker also said canceling the flights now will help the airline plan for its busiest travel season of the year.

As major airlines continue to extend cancellations, Boeing said Thursday that it’s completed 96 flights with the new Max software fix. The planemaker will likely submit the fix to Federal Aviation Administration regulators within the next couple weeks.


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Airlines warn of cancellations as Boeing readies 737 Max software fix

Airlines are preparing for more flight cancellations as Boeing readies a software fix for its best-selling 737 Max planes following two fatal crashes of the aircraft that prompted regulators around the world to ground the plane. Pilots from U.S. carriers on Saturday tested Boeing’s software changes to the automatic anti-stall system in Renton, Washington, where Boeing assembles the 737 Max planes. Representatives from Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines — the U.S. airlines


Airlines are preparing for more flight cancellations as Boeing readies a software fix for its best-selling 737 Max planes following two fatal crashes of the aircraft that prompted regulators around the world to ground the plane. Pilots from U.S. carriers on Saturday tested Boeing’s software changes to the automatic anti-stall system in Renton, Washington, where Boeing assembles the 737 Max planes. Representatives from Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines — the U.S. airlines
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Airlines warn of cancellations as Boeing readies 737 Max software fix

Airlines are preparing for more flight cancellations as Boeing readies a software fix for its best-selling 737 Max planes following two fatal crashes of the aircraft that prompted regulators around the world to ground the plane.

Pilots from U.S. carriers on Saturday tested Boeing’s software changes to the automatic anti-stall system in Renton, Washington, where Boeing assembles the 737 Max planes. Representatives from Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines — the U.S. airlines that fly the 737 Max — also met with Boeing officials about the software changes and additional pilot training.

The U.S. government ordered airlines to suspend flights using the Boeing 737 Max plane, joining dozens of other countries in taking that step amid concerns about the similarities between the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max and a Lion Air crash in October, which together killed 346 people.

Boeing late Sunday said it invited more than 200 airline pilots and regulators to Renton last Wednesday to “share more details about our plan for supporting the safe return of the 737 MAX to commercial service.”

The Federal Aviation Administration expects to get a look at the software early in the week, according to a person familiar with the matter. The agency needs to certify Boeing’s changes before it can be added to the aircraft.


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Hurricane Florence air travel: What you need to know about cancellations, fare caps and waivers

Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Friday morning with top winds of 90 miles per hour, prompting flight cancellations in the Southeast through the weekend. A spokeswoman at Charleston International Airport said flights were canceled until at least Friday night. Airlines canceled more than 700 flights scheduled for Friday. Some 200 flights, or about half of the departures and arrivals at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, were canceled. It also suspended operations in Charleston as staff


Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Friday morning with top winds of 90 miles per hour, prompting flight cancellations in the Southeast through the weekend. A spokeswoman at Charleston International Airport said flights were canceled until at least Friday night. Airlines canceled more than 700 flights scheduled for Friday. Some 200 flights, or about half of the departures and arrivals at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, were canceled. It also suspended operations in Charleston as staff
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Hurricane Florence air travel: What you need to know about cancellations, fare caps and waivers

Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Friday morning with top winds of 90 miles per hour, prompting flight cancellations in the Southeast through the weekend.

Several airports in the region suspended operations. A spokeswoman at Charleston International Airport said flights were canceled until at least Friday night. Airlines canceled more than 700 flights scheduled for Friday. Some 200 flights, or about half of the departures and arrivals at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, were canceled.

More than 400 flights in and out of the region scheduled for this weekend were also canceled, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.com. The cancellations, over 1,500, are minimal compared with last year’s hurricane season, when more 20,000 flights were called off during three devastating hurricanes last year — Harvey, Irma and Maria, which hit major airlines’ hubs.

Airlines urged travelers to monitor their websites for information about the storm.

Southwest Airlines stopped stop flying out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Thursday through at least Friday night. American Airlines canceled more than 800 flights in and out of the region through Sunday but said it did not expect the storm to cause it to cancel flights in its Charlotte hub.

American, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines said they capped some airfares at levels below what last-minute tickets would cost. Airlines were criticized on social media last year when fares soared ahead of storms. Last-minute fares generally spike during periods of high demand and airlines have to change prices manually for events like a large storm.

Carriers also waived fees for changing flights, baggage and for in-cabin pets for travelers who could be affected by the storm. Delta said it added about 1,000 seats to its service to the Carolinas ahead of Florence.

Charlotte airport said its staff on Wednesday checked emergency equipment and supplies like backup power and storm drains.

Airlines generally offer waivers and cancel flights ahead of time so travelers are not stranded at the airport and crews are not out of place when operations resume. They will also routinely keep aircraft away from affected airports.

Constant high wind of at least 41 mph can prevent Federal Aviation Administration staff from servicing radar and radio towers, so some systems could be shut down pre-emptively, the agency said.

Flight disruptions could continue after the storm has passed. The FAA said it could restrict air traffic, including passenger flights, to clear airspace for emergency flights.

Hurricane Florence will likely weaken into a tropical depression with winds under 40 mph and could affect Kentucky and Ohio followed by the Northeast early next week, the National Hurricane Center said. That could disrupt flights into the middle of the week.

Other companies with employees in evacuation zones shut down before the storm. Boeing, for example, said it flew some of its 787 wide-body jets from its factory in Charleston on Tuesday to Seattle to keep them out of the storm’s path. It also suspended operations in Charleston as staff were evacuated ahead of the the hurricane.


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Early spring nor’easter grounds more than 4,300 flights

Airlines have canceled more than 4,300 flights as an early spring nor’easter threatening to dump more than a foot of snow on the New York City area struck the region. More than 70 percent of the departures from Newark Liberty International Airport, or 483 flights, were called off, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. More than 430 departures, about three-quarters of those scheduled, were canceled from LaGuardia. More than 10,000 flights were canceled this month because of back-to-back


Airlines have canceled more than 4,300 flights as an early spring nor’easter threatening to dump more than a foot of snow on the New York City area struck the region. More than 70 percent of the departures from Newark Liberty International Airport, or 483 flights, were called off, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. More than 430 departures, about three-quarters of those scheduled, were canceled from LaGuardia. More than 10,000 flights were canceled this month because of back-to-back
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Early spring nor'easter grounds more than 4,300 flights

Airlines have canceled more than 4,300 flights as an early spring nor’easter threatening to dump more than a foot of snow on the New York City area struck the region.

More than 70 percent of the departures from Newark Liberty International Airport, or 483 flights, were called off, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. More than 430 departures, about three-quarters of those scheduled, were canceled from LaGuardia. A similar number of flights into those airports were also canceled.

Other affected airports include Philadelphia, all New York City-area airports, those in the Washington area and in Boston.

Carriers including American, Delta, United and JetBlue said travelers scheduled to fly on Tuesday or Wednesday from a dozen airports along the East Coast can change travel dates to as late as March 25 without paying a date-change fee. If travelers can only change their tickets beyond that date, they may have to pay a difference in fare.

Airplanes can generally fly in snow without a problem, but some flights can be called off in an effort to avoid accidents if visibility is low, winds are high or if runway conditions are unsafe. Airlines also cancel flights ahead of time to avoid stranding crews and passengers, which can lead to a cascade of delays later on.

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, said it canceled 1,450 flights throughout the Northeast, about a quarter of the airline’s global Wednesday schedule, and that it is suspending its operations at LaGuardia and at John F. Kennedy International Airport until Thursday. That suspension includes its hourly shuttle service between LaGuardia and Boston, and LaGuardia and Washington. American also said it has suspended operations out of Newark until this evening.

“Since airlines likely based their proactive cancellations for today on the results from the past three weeks, it is possible that we won’t see a sharp rise in further cancellations” from the current number, FlightAware said.

More than 10,000 flights were canceled this month because of back-to-back nor’easters, making it the worst March for cancellations in at least five years, FlightAware said.

Some 500 flights from, to or within the United States scheduled for Thursday were also cancelled including 108 flights from LaGuardia and 81 from Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to FlightAware.


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Nor’easter: 1,700+ flights already canceled through Thursday; more likely

Combined, about 500 of those came on JetBlue, which operates its busiest bases at New York JFK and Boston. The wave of preemptive cancellations comes as the second powerful nor’easter in a week takes aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The waivers included airports from Pennsylvania and New Jersey north through New England. Smaller airports included Albany, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Islip/Long Island, N.Y.; New Haven, Conn.; Newburgh, N.Y.; State College, Pa.; Watertown, N.Y.; and Wilkes-Barre/S


Combined, about 500 of those came on JetBlue, which operates its busiest bases at New York JFK and Boston. The wave of preemptive cancellations comes as the second powerful nor’easter in a week takes aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The waivers included airports from Pennsylvania and New Jersey north through New England. Smaller airports included Albany, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Islip/Long Island, N.Y.; New Haven, Conn.; Newburgh, N.Y.; State College, Pa.; Watertown, N.Y.; and Wilkes-Barre/S
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Nor'easter: 1,700+ flights already canceled through Thursday; more likely

Airlines have already begun canceling flights ahead of the latest nor’easter to menace the Northeast.

More than 1,600 flights have been preemptively grounded for Wednesday and another 180 on Thursday, flight-tracking service FlightAware counted as of 10:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Combined, about 500 of those came on JetBlue, which operates its busiest bases at New York JFK and Boston.

The wave of preemptive cancellations comes as the second powerful nor’easter in a week takes aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Winds aren’t expected to be as strong as in last week’s storm – which forced airlines to cancel 4,000 flights – but snow is expected be heavier and fall over a larger, more populated area.

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Among the cities expected to receive significant snow accumulations are New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

Not surprisingly, many of the preemptive cancellations announced so far have come at airports serving those cities.

he three New York City-areas were the hardest hit as of Tuesday evening. More than 450 combined departures and arrivals had been canceled for Wednesday at Newark Liberty and more than 400 at JFK. That account for more than a third of the entire day’s schedule at each airport. At LaGuardia, about a 25% of Wednesday’s flights had already been canceled as of Tuesday evening.

To the north, more than 190 flights had already been grounded on Wednesday at Boston and another 85 for Thursday.

Those totals were almost certain to rise at both airports as more airlines start to pare schedules ahead of the storm. JetBlue – which accounted for the bulk of the preemptive cancellations as of Tuesday afternoon – operates its two busiest hubs at JFK and Boston.

Other airports seeing major Wednesday and Thursday cancellations included Philadelphia, Albany, N.Y. and Hartford, Conn.

Even airports in Florida were seeing preemptive cancellations. More than two dozen arrivals had been canceled at both the Orlando and Fort Lauderdale airports, likely the result of cancellations being made on flights that had been scheduled to arrive from northern airports like New York JFK, Boston and Hartford.

Most big airlines had put weather waivers in place by Monday night, allowing fliers scheduled to fly though the region to change their plans without paying change fees or additional charges.

The waivers included airports from Pennsylvania and New Jersey north through New England.

Among the major airports included in the various waivers: New York JFK, Newark Liberty, New York LaGuardia, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford and Providence. Smaller airports included Albany, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Islip/Long Island, N.Y.; New Haven, Conn.; Newburgh, N.Y.; State College, Pa.; Watertown, N.Y.; and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa.

Some carriers, such as Southwest and Alaska Airlines, included the airports in the Washington and Baltimore metro areas. JetBlue’s waiver went as far north as Portland, Maine.

The details varied by carrier, but they generally allowed eligible customers to make one change to their itineraries without paying a change fee or fare difference. Dates covered by the waivers also varied by airline; most covered flights on Wednesday and Thursday, though some included Tuesday flights. Customers should check with their carriers for specific date and airport eligibility.

Regardless of the details of the flexible rebooking policies, fliers traveling to or through the region later this week should expect widespread delays and cancellations.

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British Airways warns of more flight cancellations after snowstorm hits London

A snowstorm grounded planes to and from London on Sunday, with more air travel chaos anticipated this week. British Airways said it had reduced its Monday schedule after cancelling or delaying flights on Sunday. British Airways and Heathrow asked passengers to check the status of their flights and not to come to the airport if their flights are canceled. It was unclear how much the fallout of the storm will cost British Airways. The airline is waiving ticket-change fees for travelers booked thro


A snowstorm grounded planes to and from London on Sunday, with more air travel chaos anticipated this week. British Airways said it had reduced its Monday schedule after cancelling or delaying flights on Sunday. British Airways and Heathrow asked passengers to check the status of their flights and not to come to the airport if their flights are canceled. It was unclear how much the fallout of the storm will cost British Airways. The airline is waiving ticket-change fees for travelers booked thro
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British Airways warns of more flight cancellations after snowstorm hits London

A snowstorm grounded planes to and from London on Sunday, with more air travel chaos anticipated this week.

British Airways said it had reduced its Monday schedule after cancelling or delaying flights on Sunday.

The airline, which operates a hub out of London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest, blamed the backup on low temperatures, requiring it to de-ice “every individual aircraft before it departs.”

But the problem is spilling into Monday as airline crews are not in place in the wake of the delays, according to a travel notice on Heathrow’s website.

British Airways and Heathrow asked passengers to check the status of their flights and not to come to the airport if their flights are canceled.

The airline did not immediately return a request for comment on how many flights were canceled or diverted to other airports.

It was unclear how much the fallout of the storm will cost British Airways. On Twitter, the airline told some passengers it would provide hotel vouchers worth 200 pounds ($270).

Passengers took to Twitter to complain

about a lack of communication, and even food, from the airline as well as difficulties

Extensive flights delays or cancellations tend to snowball because cabin crew and aircraft are not in place for the following scheduled flights. Airlines sometimes cancel flights ahead of time when bad weather is in the forecast so they are not forced to deal with swarms of stranded travelers. Grounded planes also mean there is a lack of space at gates for inbound flights.

The airline is waiving ticket-change fees for travelers booked through Monday if they can travel no later than Dec. 18.

Wintry weather over the weekend prompted cancellations on the other side of Atlantic as well. Delta Air Lines said it cancelled 375 flights after a winter storm hit Atlanta, the airline’s hub and the busiest airport in the world. By Sunday, the airline’s operations were running normally, it said.


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Airlines race to get as many flights as possible out of Irma’s path before a wave of cancellations

According to Flight Award, including those flights, some 4,000 flights have been cancelled in Irma’s path. Several airlines have capped fares for passengers trying to leave the area, but seats are hard to come by. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said they have added flights to help get passengers out of the storm’s path but will wind down operations at South Florida airports as early as Friday afternoon. That shutdown is likely to drive up the number of cancellations signi


According to Flight Award, including those flights, some 4,000 flights have been cancelled in Irma’s path. Several airlines have capped fares for passengers trying to leave the area, but seats are hard to come by. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said they have added flights to help get passengers out of the storm’s path but will wind down operations at South Florida airports as early as Friday afternoon. That shutdown is likely to drive up the number of cancellations signi
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Airlines race to get as many flights as possible out of Irma's path before a wave of cancellations

The exact path of the deadly Category 5 Hurricane Irma is still unknown, but carriers have already cancelled more than 1,000 flights at major South Florida airports alone.

According to Flight Award, including those flights, some 4,000 flights have been cancelled in Irma’s path.

Several airlines have capped fares for passengers trying to leave the area, but seats are hard to come by. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said they have added flights to help get passengers out of the storm’s path but will wind down operations at South Florida airports as early as Friday afternoon.

That shutdown is likely to drive up the number of cancellations significantly, according to Flight Aware, which tracks airline flights. More than 11,000 flights were cancelled in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey, according to a Flight Aware tally. United was particularly hard-hit, because of its hub in Houston, and the city bore the brunt of the storm.

Airlines’ decision to cancel flights days before a storm strikes and even for the days after it moves out of the area might seem like an added stress for travelers, but it’s by design.

Public image is part of the reason.

“They feel like they’ll get fewer complaints if they pre-emptively cancel flights,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, which tracks airfares. “It’s better to have people at home, rather than at the airport. It’s certainly bad for publicity when you’re showing lines of stranded passengers, when you have passengers on cots.”

Airlines also need to ensure that their expensive planes — new Boeing 737s cost more than $100 million — are in other cities, out of harm’s way.

They also need to position their crew out of the stalled airport and in cities where flights can resume once airports are reopened.

A spokesman for Miami International Airport said the airport will not close but noted that it is not a shelter so an influx of stranded people could stretch basic services. Even if the main terminals are open, the air traffic control tower will order planes to stop operating if winds reach sustained speeds of 55 miles per hour.

U.S. airlines remaining after a wave of megamergers over the past decade have left travelers with fewer options, even though these airlines have, as a result, larger fleets and access to more hubs to reposition aircraft in the event of a storm.

The exact cost of cancelling a flight varies depending on the size of the aircraft, number of crew members and number of paying passengers. United said on Wednesday that Hurricane Harvey likely contributed to a $400 million hit to sales this quarter.


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