United Airlines pulls Boeing 737 Max from schedules until Dec. 19 as cancellations pile up


A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport.

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United Airlines on Friday said it doesn’t plan to fly the Boeing 737 Max until Dec. 19, more than a month later than previously expected, as the worldwide grounding of the jets, approaches the six-month mark.

Federal regulators grounded the planes around the world in mid-March after two fatal crashes — one in Indonesia in October and another in Ethiopia in March — killed all 346 people who were aboard the flights.

United and its U.S. competitors who have the Max in their fleets, American and Southwest, have canceled thousands of flights during the busy summer travel season as the planes’ grounding wears on. Regulators have not yet said when they plan to allow the planes to return to service.

Southwest last month pulled the plane from its schedules until January, the latest of the U.S. carriers.

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