Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Southwest Airlines revises its schedule regarding the Boeing 737 Max - again!

Southwest Airlines continues to await guidance from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the impending 737 MAX software enhancements and training requirements. As such the airline is extending the removal of the 737 max from its schedules until at least October 1st.

Whilst the airline says it is happy with the progress and proposed path forward for returning the aircraft to service, it is in talks with Boeing over a full compensation package, that runs into millions.

Southwest says that by proactively removing the 737 MAX from scheduled service, it hopes to reduce last-minute flight cancellations and unexpected disruptions to its customers' travel plans. The limited number of people who have already booked their travel and will be affected by the amended schedule are being notified of their re-accommodated travel according to the flexible accommodation procedures adopted by the company.

The revision will proactively remove roughly 150 daily flights from the Southwest schedule out of a total peak-day schedule of more than 4,000 daily flights.

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