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(Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc cut its 2019 profit forecast on Friday, blaming an estimated $350 million hit from the grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX planes during its busiest travel season, but said it was confident the aircraft would start flying by mid-August.

American, the No. 1 U.S. carrier by passenger traffic, said earlier in April that it was extending the grounding of its twenty-four 737 MAX jetliners until Aug. 19, leading to about 115 daily cancellations during the peak summer travel season.

No. 3 U.S. carrier United Airlines also said it expects to cancel hundreds of flights during the peak summer season due to the groundings.

While the cancellations only represent about 2 percent of American’s daily summer flight capacity, the financial impact is disproportionate as revenue during lost while the vast majority of costs remain in place.Read More

By Ian Dei

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