The return of the 737 MAX is like every other delay on American Airlines. You show up at the gate before scheduled departure time, because the flight board says you’re leaving on time. But there’s no aircraft at the gate, so that’s impossible.
The plane pulls up, passengers flood out into the terminal, and you stand there waiting. American updates your new departure time, but it isn’t until after that time passes that the departure time gets updated again. You have a mechanical delay and American keeps pushing your scheduled departure out 10 minutes at a time, updating with a new time only after the last one passes.
Maybe that’s why it’s hard to feel sorry for American that their fleet plans have gone haywire with the grounding of the 737 MAX (that, and that American’s CEO has said he expects Boeing’s shareholders to bear the full cost of the grounding, not American).
Month by month by month American pushes back the return of the 737 MAX to service. So does Southwest and so does Untied, but of whom operate the aircraft as well.
American just announced their next anticipated return date: April 7.
- They’ll cancel schedule flights to handle this change on December 22
- Some folks who would have flown the MAX will see their flights cancelled. Others flights will just be operated by Boeing 737-800s (or other aircraft), meaning flights that would have been operated by those planes will be cancelled.
- If you want to guess whether or not a flight will be cancelled, the best guide is whether it’s to or from New York JFK.
Previous return to service dates were March 5; January 16; December 4; November 3; September 4; August 20; and June 6. With new
boarding time after new boarding time return to service dates like these you’d think that it was American’s operations center – and not Boeing and the FAA – that were driving the recertification process!
American is cutting their least profitable flights and the grounding of the MAX may actually be helping their bottom line.