American Airlines extends cancellations of 737 Max flights

A worker stands near a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for American Airlines prior to a test flight in May in Renton

American cancels MAX flights until early 2020

American Airlines is extending cancellations of flights on Boeing 737 Max aircraft through mid-January.

American Airlines is pushing back the expected return of its Boeing 737 Max jets into next year.

In a regulatory filing out Wednesday, American said the grounding of 9,475 Max flights in the third quarter provided a $140 million hit to its pre-tax profit.

American said it expects to slowly phase in the MAX for commercial service and to increase flying of the aircraft through the month and into February.

The Max was grounded worldwide after two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.

Among other US airlines that operate the MAX, Southwest Airlines Co LUV.N has cancelled flights through January 5 and United Airlines Holdings Inc UAL.O until December 19. Boeing has repeatedly said it hopes to resume flights in the fourth quarter, which began on October 1. Boeing is working on changes to flight-control software and computers.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Dallas in Texas Monday alleging Boeing deliberately misled the airline and its pilots about the 737 MAX.

In the announcement, American Airlines (AAL)said it expects the aircraft to be approved by regulators by January 16, the date it also anticipates the Max to begin carrying its passengers again. Articles appear on for a limited time.

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