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United Drops Boeing 737 MAX From Schedule Until September



United Airlines is extending its Boeing 737 MAX flight cancellations into September.

According to a Reuters report published Friday, United will scrap the troubled aircraft from its plans until at least September 4 in anticipation of the busy summer travel period.

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The move comes just one day after low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines extended its 737 MAX cancellations through early August. Southwest is the largest operator of the beleaguered aircraft.

Boeing recently reported a substantial financial loss in wake of the plane’s extended grounding, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that a certification flight is set to take place in the coming weeks.

It’s been nearly one year since the 737 MAX was grounded on the heels of two fatal crashes that killed a combined 346 people.

Since last spring, United and other airlines have been proactive in excluding the 737 MAX from their plans to reduce last-minute flight cancellations and unexpected disruptions to customers’ travel plans.

United also recently extended its suspension of flights to and from China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers



United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

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