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American Airlines extends cancellations of 737 Max flights until Sept 3

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American on Sunday extended cancellations of flights of Max jets until September 3 in the wake of software update on the planes which were grounded in March after two deadly crashes in and

Quoting an statement, reported that the cancellations will affect approximately 115 flights per day.

The move also suggested that the re-entry of 737 Max jets will take a longer time than was earlier expected. The three US that operate Max jets, including American, and United, are awaiting a planned software update and pilot-training regimen designed to make the plane safe to fly.

A Federal Administration (FAA) directive issued in March initially called for the to be finished "no later than April," but the schedule slipped after an additional software issue was found and the FAA asked for further details.

American Airlines, in a release issued on Sunday, said it is "pleased with progress to date" on recertifying the plane. It has also been in frequent contact with the FAA, the and the National Transportation Safety Board, the said.

"American remains confident that impending to the Max, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the soon," the statement read.

It added, "By extending the cancellations, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American."

The 737 Max was first introduced in May 2017. It was designed to be a newer, better version of Boeing's 737.

To make the plane more fuel-efficient, Boeing included new engines that had to be positioned differently on the jet's wings. It also added a new flight control system called the Maneuvering Characteristic Augmentation System -- known as MCAS -- to adjust the direction of the plane's nose in certain situations.

Problems arose when MCAS relied on faulty from the plane's external sensors, pushing the plane's nose downward.

The model 737 MAX came under scrutiny following two deadly plane crashes in and within six months that claimed the lives of more than 346 people. Investigations are ongoing into both the incidents.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 11:04 IST