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American, United, Southwest push Boeing 737 Max return to late summer

Planning to fly Southwest, United or American airlines this summer vacation season?

You won’t be traveling on a Boeing 737 Max if you’re traveling before mid-August or early September, depending on the carrier.

American Airlines late Friday said it is removing the Max from its schedule through Aug. 17, more than two months later than its most-recent plan.

United Airlines went a step further, pushing the plane’s return from early June to Labor Day weekend.

On Thursday, Southwest Airlines said it doesn’t plan to fly the Max again until Aug. 11.

The moves, the latest in a string of scheduled changes forced by the nearly yearlong grounding, were all expected. The Max has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes, on Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, in five months that killed 346 people.

In late January, top executives from each carrier told investors and the media they were likely to remove the plane from their schedules through the summer travel season due to changes in Boeing’s expected timeline for the plane’s ungrounding.

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