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American Airlines Once Again Pushes Back Boeing 737 MAX Return

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As the recertification process for the Boeing 737 MAX continues to be plagued by setbacks, the airlines continue to push back the return of the troubled aircraft.

American Airlines joined colleagues United and Southwest airlines in once again being forced to delay the use of the plane.

The carrier announced Friday it will not be using the 737 MAX until at least August 18, 2020. The airline has removed it from its schedule despite the fact that the summer travel season is the biggest in the industry.

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The last time American had to delay the use of the 737 MAX was when it canceled flights through June; this latest delay of two-and-a-half months is one of the longest in the ongoing saga of the aircraft.

The 737 MAX has been grounded since March of 2019 in the aftermath of two separate crashes, which killed 346 passengers and crew.

Boeing has been trying to get the plane re-certified by the Federal Aviation Administration but has continually missed its deadlines as it tries to put the 737 MAX back in the air.

United and Southwest are among the biggest customers of the plane and previously announced moving back the use of the 737 MAX until August at the earliest.

According to the blog The Points Guy, American is extending cancellations with the plane in order to plan its schedule through the greater portion of the summer travel season. The carrier will cancel about 140 flights a day.

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American Airlines Offering Roundtrip Fares as Low as $32

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Granted, there are very few people taking to the air these days in the wake of the devastating global spread of the coronavirus.

But American Airlines, for whatever reason, is offering one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime deals.

As first reported by One Mile At A Time, American has a fare through the month of April where you can fly from Miami to Los Angeles for $16 each way.

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Yep, that’s right – $32 roundtrip to go coast to coast.

No doubt it’s one of the most eye-catching, startling fares ever offered, even better than when some airlines run a buy one/get one special. Not that we didn’t believe One Mile At A Time, one of the most well-respected and well-read aviation blogs out there, but we had to see this for ourselves.

Sure enough, when TravelPulse checked it out on Sunday, the fare had increased.

By eight whole dollars.

Choosing random dates and leaving Miami International Airport for Los Angeles International on April 22 and returning April 29, the fare for basic economy was $40 roundtrip. Want a better seat? Main cabin fares were just $96 roundtrip. (Forget about first class. You didn’t think American was that generous, did you? Those fares were $854 roundtrip.)

For the month of May, again choosing random dates and leaving Miami on May 13 and returning May 20, we found basic economy roundtrip fares for $56 and main cabin for $121.

So who’s going to take a flyer on these fares while the virus is still raging?

Certainly, there will be some folks, especially those that might absolutely need to travel more immediately. Or, you might have the gamblers out there who will take the chance that the pandemic and the restrictions will come to an end sooner than later, making the purchase of a May flight seem like a steal.

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