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American Airlines is pushing back the expected date on when its now grounded Boeing 737 MAX fleet could take up to the skies again.

In a current news article on the Flight Global website, it is reported that American Airlines will be removing all of its fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft from service until September 2019.

The airline had previously canceled all 737 MAX flights through August 19 as it awaited recertification of the aircraft in the wake of the crashes. The planes were previously banned from serving passengers through mid-August.

"Our Reservations and Sales teams will continue to work closely with customers who are impacted by these cancellations", the statement read. According to investigators, pilots of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet needed more than four minutes to realize that incorrect data from sensors urged the MCAS to push the nose down in a situation when the action was unnecessary. The plane was grounded in mid-March after two fatal crashes, putting focus on a particular safety feature on the plane.

American Airlines is the first of the major USA airlines to cancel MAX flights all throughout summer 2019.

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American Airlines said it has been in continuous contact with the key United States agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and was pleased with the progress that has been made so far.

Not all of the American flights scheduled to be flown by the 737 Max will be canceled outright.

American "remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to re-certification of the aircraft soon,"' the statement said.

Customers affected by the cancellations can be booked on other flights or can request a full refund.

Late summer is one of the busiest times of the year for air travel, so the lost flights will hurt the airline - although Boeing is expecting to find ways to compensate airlines hurt by the Max grounding.

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