American Airlines is cancelling 90 flights a day as Boeing 737 Max remains grounded

American Airlines is cancelling 90 flights per day through April 24 as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The airline, which had been flying 24 of the Boeing planes, said the cancellations were being made in an effort to provide more certainty and avoid last minute flight disruptions. American said it continues to await information from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board, other regulatory authorities and


American Airlines is cancelling 90 flights per day through April 24 as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The airline, which had been flying 24 of the Boeing planes, said the cancellations were being made in an effort to provide more certainty and avoid last minute flight disruptions. American said it continues to await information from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board, other regulatory authorities and
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American Airlines is cancelling 90 flights a day as Boeing 737 Max remains grounded

American Airlines is cancelling 90 flights per day through April 24 as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The airline, which had been flying 24 of the Boeing planes, said the cancellations were being made in an effort to provide more certainty and avoid last minute flight disruptions.

“By proactively canceling these flights, we are able to provide better service to our customers with availability and rebooking options,” American said in a statement.

American said it continues to await information from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board, other regulatory authorities and Boeing that would permit the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet to resume flying.

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded by aviation authorities across the world, including the FAA, after two similar crashes in recent months that have implicated a flight software system on the plane known as MCAS.

The Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed on Mar. 10, killing all 157 aboard, and the Lion Air plane that went down in Indonesia on Oct. 29, which killed all 189 passengers and crew, were both 737 Max jets.

The two incidents have also led the Department of Transportation to ask for an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the 737 Max 8 planes, while the FBI has reportedly joined in a criminal investigation of the certification process for the jets.

As regulators and lawmakers continue to investigate the plane, Garuda Indonesia became the first airline to attempt to cancel its order for 737 Max planes on Friday, a deal worth nearly $6 billion.

American’s reservations team is contacting affected customers directly by email or telephone. “We know these cancellations and changes may affect some of our customers, and we are working to limit the impact to the smallest number of customers.”


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US airlines cancel flights after FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max jets

That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max. United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights.


That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max. United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights.
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US airlines cancel flights after FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max jets

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday joined dozens of other countries’ regulators in ordering airlines to ground new Boeing 737 Max planes, citing evidence linking a deadly crash of one of them in Ethiopia over the weekend to a similar fatal flight in Indonesia in October. (You can find more detail on why the planes were grounded here.)

That has left airlines scrambling to rebook passengers and reassign planes. The three U.S. airlines — United, American and Southwest — that have recently added the planes to their fleets, and have more on order, said they will rebook or waive ticket-change fees and fare differences for travelers affected by the FAA’s order, which went into immediate effect.

American Airlines, which has 24 Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet of nearly 1,000 aircraft, said it was ferrying those planes to be parked until the FAA order is lifted. It operates about 85 flights out its 6,700 flights a day using the Max.

Routes with multiple flights each day, where passengers can more easily be rebooked to another time, are likely to take the biggest hit. Travelers who aren’t booked on the Max may also be affected as airlines deploy their planes to cover other routes with less frequent service.

United Airlines has 14 of the Boeing 737 Max 9s, a larger model, in its fleet. The airline said it expects minimal disruptions from the issue, but it will work with customers if their flights are canceled.

Southwest Airlines flies 34 Boeing 737 8s that service about 4 percent of its daily flights. The carrier does not charge travelers to change their trips, but said passengers booked on canceled Boeing Max flights won’t have to pay the difference in fares to change their dates if it’s within two weeks of their original departure.


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American Airlines takes jets out of service, cancels flights due to overhead bin problem

American Airlines has taken more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets out of service due to problems with newly installed overhead bins, leading the airline to cancel about 40 flights, the carrier said Thursday. American is in the process of remodeling the interiors of its Boeing 737-800 planes to add more seats as well as bigger overhead bins and electrical outlets at each seat, a plan known as “Project Oasis.” The airline is one of several carriers adding more seats to planes in order to increa


American Airlines has taken more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets out of service due to problems with newly installed overhead bins, leading the airline to cancel about 40 flights, the carrier said Thursday. American is in the process of remodeling the interiors of its Boeing 737-800 planes to add more seats as well as bigger overhead bins and electrical outlets at each seat, a plan known as “Project Oasis.” The airline is one of several carriers adding more seats to planes in order to increa
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American Airlines takes jets out of service, cancels flights due to overhead bin problem

American Airlines has taken more than a dozen of its Boeing 737 jets out of service due to problems with newly installed overhead bins, leading the airline to cancel about 40 flights, the carrier said Thursday.

American is in the process of remodeling the interiors of its Boeing 737-800 planes to add more seats as well as bigger overhead bins and electrical outlets at each seat, a plan known as “Project Oasis.” The airline is one of several carriers adding more seats to planes in order to increase revenue for each flight.

American flies 304 Boeing 737-800s and said it found “an issue with the quality of work conducted on overhead bins on two of these Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” which it said was installed by a third-party vendor that is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration.


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Southwest’s maintenance problems are costing it millions a week, CEO says

The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last month, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination. More Southwest flights have been canceled since mid-February compared with competitors. The airline has said it usually plans to have about 20 planes out of service for unexpected maintenance issues but that number has doubled. On Tuesday, 89 Southwest flights were canceled, about 2 percent of its schedule, according to flight-tracking site


The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last month, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination. More Southwest flights have been canceled since mid-February compared with competitors. The airline has said it usually plans to have about 20 planes out of service for unexpected maintenance issues but that number has doubled. On Tuesday, 89 Southwest flights were canceled, about 2 percent of its schedule, according to flight-tracking site
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Southwest's maintenance problems are costing it millions a week, CEO says

The airline declared an “operational emergency” at several maintenance bases last month, telling scheduled mechanics to show up at work or risk termination.

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents some 2,400 Southwest mechanics, said in a statement that its technicians are obligated by law to “protect everyone who steps on that aircraft and there is zero evidence presented of a non-legitimate discrepancy” by the mechanics.

More Southwest flights have been canceled since mid-February compared with competitors. The airline has said it usually plans to have about 20 planes out of service for unexpected maintenance issues but that number has doubled.

On Tuesday, 89 Southwest flights were canceled, about 2 percent of its schedule, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. In comparison, JetBlue had 12 canceled flights and United had eight.

“Customers are harmed. Our employees suffer through reduced profit sharing,” Kelly said at a transportation conference hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase. A spokesman for the airline declined to provide a more specific estimate of how much Southwest is losing from the issue. Analysts expect Southwest to post revenue of about $5.3 billion this quarter.

Kelly’s comments come a day after Southwest started selling flights to Hawaii from California, after the airline received federal approval last month to operate longer, over-water routes with its Boeing 737s.

Kelly later said in an interview with CNBC’s Closing Bell on Tuesday that the planes are also able to fly from North America to the United Kingdom but said that destinations there are not currently among the airline’s plans. The airline is interested in developing so-called code shares with other airlines, which would allow Southwest to fly one segment of a route and be able to sell tickets on another leg that is operated by another carrier, in order to widen its route network.


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Southwest shares gain after green light on Hawaii flights

Southwest Airlines shares jumped nearly 5 percent on Thursday after the low-cost airline announced it won federal approval to start its long-planned service to Hawaii, where it’s making a big bet on growth this year. Hawaii will make up half of Southwest’s planned 5 percent increase in flying this year, the airline said last month. The airline will announce flight schedules and start selling tickets to Hawaii in the coming days, it said. Southwest plans to fly to the islands from four California


Southwest Airlines shares jumped nearly 5 percent on Thursday after the low-cost airline announced it won federal approval to start its long-planned service to Hawaii, where it’s making a big bet on growth this year. Hawaii will make up half of Southwest’s planned 5 percent increase in flying this year, the airline said last month. The airline will announce flight schedules and start selling tickets to Hawaii in the coming days, it said. Southwest plans to fly to the islands from four California
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Southwest shares gain after green light on Hawaii flights

Southwest Airlines shares jumped nearly 5 percent on Thursday after the low-cost airline announced it won federal approval to start its long-planned service to Hawaii, where it’s making a big bet on growth this year.

Hawaii will make up half of Southwest’s planned 5 percent increase in flying this year, the airline said last month.

Southwest first announced its plan to serve Hawaii in October 2017 and has been waiting for a green light from the Federal Aviation Administration, a process that was delayed in the 35-day partial government shutdown that furloughed safety inspectors at the agency.

The airline needed the FAA to sign off on its plans to fly Boeing 737-800 jets over water for long distances, away from airports where jets could make emergency landings. It announced the approval shortly before the market closed on Wednesday.

The airline will announce flight schedules and start selling tickets to Hawaii in the coming days, it said.

Southwest plans to fly to the islands from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento and fly to Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, Kona, and Lihue on Kauai. The airline also intends to offer service between the islands.

Southwest shares were up 4.8 percent in afternoon trading. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines were each off less than 0.5 percent, while American Airlines was up 0.5 percent. The NYSE Arca Airline Index, which tracks 15 airlines in the Americas and Europe, was down 0.3 percent.


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Thousands scramble as flights from Pakistan to Europe are canceled due to conflict with India

Thousands of travelers were left scrambling on Thursday when Thai Airways International cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India. Most of Thai’s European flights leave after midnight. Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday. Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan and others, such as Singapore Airlin


Thousands of travelers were left scrambling on Thursday when Thai Airways International cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India. Most of Thai’s European flights leave after midnight. Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday. Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan and others, such as Singapore Airlin
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Thousands scramble as flights from Pakistan to Europe are canceled due to conflict with India

Thousands of travelers were left scrambling on Thursday when Thai Airways International cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India.

Flights to and from London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt, and Rome had been scheduled to fly over Pakistani airspace on Thursday, Thai Airways said in a statement.

That left passengers scheduled to leave Thailand’s main Suvarnabhumi International Airport searching to find alternative flights early on Thursday. Most of Thai’s European flights leave after midnight.

“Last night there were about 5,000 passengers who came to check-in but unable to fly, mostly Thai Airways,” Colonel Umnart Chomshai, superintendent of tourism police at Suvarnabhumi Airport, told Reuters.

Another airport official said a help center had been set up for stranded travelers.

Thai Airways said later on Thursday it would resume flights after gaining permission from China to use its airspace for nearly a dozen flights to Europe set to leave on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

However, it said all flights to and from Pakistan were cancelled. The airline operates one flight a day to Karachi and Lahore and four flights per week to Islamabad.

Thailand is among the world’s most popular tourist destinations, receiving more than 38 million visitors last year.

Pakistan closed its airspace after India and Pakistan both claimed to have shot down the other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war.

World powers have urged restraint between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors, who have fought three wars over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday.

Several airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan and others, such as Singapore Airlines and British Airways, were forced to reroute flights.

On Thursday, Singapore Airlines said all of its Europe-bound flights would now continue as planned, without the need for refueling stops, and they would reroute to avoid the affected airspace as necessary.

Malaysia Airlines said on its website it was not currently flying over the affected airspace and was avoiding Pakistan and northern Indian airspace for flights to and from Europe until further notice.

Tensions have been running high since at least 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a Feb. 14 suicide car bombing claimed by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir.


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Winter storm grounds more than 1,000 US flights, airlines waive change fees

Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft. American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week. More than 8


Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft. American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week. More than 8
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Winter storm grounds more than 1,000 US flights, airlines waive change fees

Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.

American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft.

American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week. Southwest Airlines, which doesn’t charge date-change fees, said it wouldn’t charge travelers the difference in fare if they changed their travel date flight due to the weather.

Federal forecasters expect the Washington, D.C,. area to receive up to 6 inches of snow Wednesday but that precipitation will change to ice and then rain, creating a messy evening commute. More than 800 flights scheduled to fly in or out of the three main airports that serve D.C. were canceled, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. The New York City area is forecast to receive less snow and also a wintry mix followed by rain. Airlines called off about 300 flights to and from the metropolitan area’s three main airports.


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Goldman Sachs downgrades Southwest Airlines because new Hawaii route could be too costly

“We expect its relative margin underperformance combined with multiple compression will translate to share price underperformance,” O’Brien wrote. “With the delay in Southwest’s ability to announce its Hawaii flights and begin selling tickets, we think the shortened selling window for its initial flights will create the need for the company to discount fares more heavily than we initially expected.” Southwest completed its first trip to Hawaii earlier this month as federal safety inspectors over


“We expect its relative margin underperformance combined with multiple compression will translate to share price underperformance,” O’Brien wrote. “With the delay in Southwest’s ability to announce its Hawaii flights and begin selling tickets, we think the shortened selling window for its initial flights will create the need for the company to discount fares more heavily than we initially expected.” Southwest completed its first trip to Hawaii earlier this month as federal safety inspectors over
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Goldman Sachs downgrades Southwest Airlines because new Hawaii route could be too costly

Though the analyst remains positive on the airline in the long term, those investors looking for a savvy stock investment in the next year may be better served with other names, O’Brien told clients.

“We expect its relative margin underperformance combined with multiple compression will translate to share price underperformance,” O’Brien wrote. “With the delay in Southwest’s ability to announce its Hawaii flights and begin selling tickets, we think the shortened selling window for its initial flights will create the need for the company to discount fares more heavily than we initially expected.”

Southwest completed its first trip to Hawaii earlier this month as federal safety inspectors oversaw the company’s maiden voyage to the islands. The low-cost airline first announced plans to offer service to Hawaii in 2017 and needs regulators to attest to its ability to operate the flights safely.

The 35-day partial government shutdown, which ended late last month, stalled the launch of new jets and routes, including Southwest’s long-awaited service to Hawaii.

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Southwest Airlines grounds more jets due to maintenance issues

Southwest Airlines on Tuesday grounded more jets leading to higher numbers of canceled flights than its peers as the carrier extended an “operational emergency” to its hub in Dallas, telling scheduled mechanics they have to show up for work or risk termination. Southwest had canceled 181 flights on Tuesday, about 4 percent of its operation, according to the FlightAware tracking site. Its Dallas rival, American Airlines, in comparison, had canceled 12 flights, less than 1 percent of its daily ope


Southwest Airlines on Tuesday grounded more jets leading to higher numbers of canceled flights than its peers as the carrier extended an “operational emergency” to its hub in Dallas, telling scheduled mechanics they have to show up for work or risk termination. Southwest had canceled 181 flights on Tuesday, about 4 percent of its operation, according to the FlightAware tracking site. Its Dallas rival, American Airlines, in comparison, had canceled 12 flights, less than 1 percent of its daily ope
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Southwest Airlines grounds more jets due to maintenance issues

Southwest Airlines on Tuesday grounded more jets leading to higher numbers of canceled flights than its peers as the carrier extended an “operational emergency” to its hub in Dallas, telling scheduled mechanics they have to show up for work or risk termination.

Southwest had canceled 181 flights on Tuesday, about 4 percent of its operation, according to the FlightAware tracking site. Its Dallas rival, American Airlines, in comparison, had canceled 12 flights, less than 1 percent of its daily operation of more than 6,000 flights.

Southwest said some of the cancellations were due to poor weather. But the airline noted that the number of Boeing 737s it has taken out of service for maintenance was more than double the usual 20 out of about 750 planes that the airline expects to be removed for such issues each day. There has been “no common theme” among the problems with the aircraft, it said.

Southwest last week told its mechanics at bases including Las Vegas, Houston and Phoenix that because of the emergency they would have to show up for work. It warned they would risk termination if they didn’t follow company protocols, such as bringing a doctor’s note upon return to work after calling in sick. That “operational emergency” was extended to Dallas on Tuesday. The airline has been in contract talks with mechanics since 2012.

“Due to the emergency, we will direct employees alleging illness to provide a doctor’s note, on their first day back, indicating when the doctor was seen and confirming that the employee was unable to work on the dates he claimed illness,” Southwest maintenance director Lonnie Warren said in Tuesday’s memo.


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Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union. The airline said all flights will be cancelled and advised passengers to seek refunds from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel


Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union. The airline said all flights will be cancelled and advised passengers to seek refunds from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel
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Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi.

British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it’s filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union.

“Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe,” the airline said on its website.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29 but there are serious doubts about whether the British Parliament will approval the Brexit withdrawal deal that Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU. That is making it more difficult for businesses to plan for the separation.

The airline operated 17 jets on routes to 25 European cities. It employed 376 people in Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

The airline said all flights will be cancelled and advised passengers to seek refunds from credit card issuers, travel agents or travel insurance companies.

Thanking workers for their dedication, the airline said “it is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement.”

Pilots union chief Brian Strutton said the airline’s collapse “is devastating news for all employees” and came with no warning.

“Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with the directors and administrators whether their jobs can be saved,” he said.

The airline was still encouraging bookings the day before its collapse, urging passengers in a tweet to book flights to Germany for winter sports.

Flybmi says it carried 522,000 passengers on 29,000 flights last year.


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