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22 Jul 2019

BY Jennifer Morris

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US airlines push back Boeing 737 Max return date

A number of US airlines have further delayed the return date for the Boeing 737 Max to their fleets.

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It follows Ryanair's announcement it will have to curb expansion plans

It has been almost four months since the aircraft model was grounded by regulators, following two fatal crashes – a Lion Air and an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

 

Two of the model’s main US operators – Southwest Airlines and American Airlines – have now followed United Airlines in taking the Max out of their schedules until November, the Guardian reports.

 

Ryanair has also announced it will have to curb expansion plans reliant on its 737 Max orders, including curbing or closing some airport bases.

 

The airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said last week he remained committed to the aircraft. “We’ve described them as gamechangers – and they remain gamechangers,” he said.

 

Ryanair is now expecting the first of its 737 Maxs early next year.

 

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