MONTREAL — Just two weeks after its latest pushback of the Boeing 737 MAX, Air Canada has announced that it will be removing the grounded aircraft from its operating schedule until June 30, 2020.
The decision comes on the heels of Boeing’s announcement that it now estimates the 737 MAX will remain grounded by regulators until mid-2020.
On Jan. 6, Travelweek reported that Air Canada would be postponing the return of the Boeing jet through March 31.
The latest postponement, says the airline, is meant to provide customers certainty when planning and booking their travel. It will also allow Air Canada to manage its schedule and fleet most effectively as it awaits decisions by Canadian and international regulators on returning the aircraft safely into service.
Air Canada says customers affected by the changes will be advised of their new itineraries and offered suitable travel options.
Following Boeing’s announcement regarding the 737-MAX aircraft, WestJet has also announced it will be updating its schedule, to remove the aircraft through to June 24. Passengers will be contacted once work is complete.
“We thank our guests for their patience and our WestJetters for their commitment to keeping our airline moving safely and on time as we continue to adjust our schedule,” said Ed Sims, WestJet’s President and CEO. “We remain confident in the regulatory process undertaken by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and Transport Canada to ensure the safe return of the aircraft.”
Sims added that WestJet has completed more than 98% of its planned departures even while its 13 MAX aircraft remain on the ground.