CBS News has obtained a statement from United Airlines on the 737 Max aircrafts, that will be grounded until November 3, 2019.
Since the grounding of the Boeing MAX aircraft in March, United has gone to great lengths to minimize the impact on our customers’ travel plans. We’ve used spare aircraft and other creative solutions to help our customers, who had been scheduled to travel on one of our MAX aircraft, get where they are going.
We have decided to pull MAX flights out of our schedule until November 3. During this period, we’ll continue to take extraordinary steps to protect our customers’ travel plans. Moving forward, we’ll continue to monitor the regulatory process and nimbly make the necessary adjustments to our operation and our schedule to benefit our customers who are traveling with us.
• In July, we expect to cancel approximately 40-45 flights a day which results in roughly 1,290 flights for the month
• In August, we expect to cancel approximately 60 flights a day which results in roughly 1,900 flights for the month
• In September, we expect to cancel approximately 70 flights a day which results in roughly 2,100 flights for the month
• In October, we expect to cancel approximately 95 flights a day which results in roughly 2,900 flights for the month
We are continuing to work through the schedule to try and swap and upgauge aircraft to mitigate the disruption caused by the grounding of the MAX. We continue to automatically book affected customers on alternate flights. If we are unable to place them on a different flight, we will proactively reach out to try and offer other options.
For more than 90 years, the safety of our customers and employees at United has come first, which is why we have cooperated fully with the FAA’s independent review of the MAX aircraft, and we won’t put our customers and employees on that plane until regulators make their own independent assessment that it is safe to do so.