United Airlines: No Boeing Max 8 flights until August

Friday, 24. May 2019 22:18

United Airlines Inc. said on Friday that it wouldn't include Boeing Co.'s 737 Max 8 aircraft in schedules at least through August 3. The decision by the subsidiary of United Continental Holdings Inc. concerns 1,290 flights as it has 14 of the jets in the fleet, or 2,400 in total.

The mid-April update by the company based in Chicago has set the ban to last until "early July." The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday suggested that carriers don't need to keep the planes grounded, but failed to provide particular safety assurances.

The aerospace maker's MCAS control system is suspected to have a flaw and that it caused deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. United's chief executive Oscar Munoz promised this week to board the first flight on the airplane when it is cleared.

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