Southwest and American 737 MAX flights grounded

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Southwest Airlines and American Airlines said on Friday they are extending Boeing 737 MAX cancelations until early March, just shy of the one-year anniversary of an Ethiopian Airlines crash of the jet that led to a worldwide grounding.
Southwest and American, the two largest US operators of the aircraft, have had to scale back growth plans and are together canceling more than 300 flights a day, taking a hit to profits as they manage slimmer fleets without the 737 MAX.
Southwest, which has bet its entire growth strategy on Boeing’s newest single-aisle aircraft, had previously canceled all its 737 MAX flights until Feb. 8 and now expects a return to service on March 6, though it warned that timeline could get pushed back again. Boeing Co. is facing increasing hurdles in obtaining approval to return the plane to service before end of this year as it has targeted.—Arab News