The beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March 13, 2019. Two of the aircraft’s largest U.S. operators believe that the grounding is going to continue to be nearly a year long. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have announced an extension for the removal of the aircraft from its future schedule. Both extensions will take the aircraft off the airlines’ respective schedules until early March at least.
This week’s extension will be the sixth made by the airline since the aircraft was first grounded.
Boeing has submitted a software update designed to remedy the glitch that is believed to have caused the crashes that led up to the aircraft’s grounding. However, the FAA has not indicated whether it believes that update will allow the aircraft to return to service. So far the grounding of the MAX has cost the two airlines $1 billion dollars in losses. Both airlines are in negotiation with Boeing for financial compensation for the grounding.