11 JUN 2019: American Airlines has extended the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max planes to September 3. It is a further sign Federal Aviation Authority officials are still some way from recertifying the aircraft. The 737 Max has been grounded worldwide since mid-March after two fatal crashes claimed more than 300 lives.  

American had taken the plane out of its schedules until August 19 and this latest extension will lead to about 115 flight cancellations per day during the busy summer travel period, the airline said.

"By extending the cancellations, our customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American," a statement said.

Other 737 Max operators have taken the planes out of their schedules until August and could follow American and extend that further.

The FAA still has not indicated when the planes will be cleared to fly again although Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg expects them to be back by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the Congressional House aviation subcommittee hearing on the grounded Boeing 737 Max said Monday it will hear from Chesley Sullenberger, who safely landed a crippled Airbus jet on New York's Hudson River in 2009, former Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt, and union and industry officials.

The subcommittee says it's gathering information about steps needed to ensure the plane is safe before it's allowed to fly again.

Last month, the panel heard from acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell and Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

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