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Air Canada announced that it has now removed the Boeing 737 MAX from its flying schedule until Feb. 14, 2020. The decision is based on operational considerations for the airline, as it launches a new reservation system beginning next month.
“Today we are extending to Feb. 14, 2020 the removal of the Boeing 737 MAX from our operating schedule. We are taking this prudent step as a result of the ongoing regulatory uncertainty about the timing of the aircraft returning to service. The extension will give us scheduling predictability through the implementation of the first phase of our new reservation system and the required stability as we prepare the second phase of the system roll-out, introducing it into the airport environment,” said Lucie Guillemette, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada. “As a result of these and other measures we are taking, including leasing two additional wide-body aircraft through at least the March break, customers can continue to book with full confidence on Air Canada.”
In compliance with a safety notice closing Canadian airspace issued by Transport Canada on March 13, 2019, Air Canada grounded its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Final decisions on returning the 737 MAX to service will be based on Air Canada’s safety assessment following the lifting of government safety notices and approval by international regulatory authorities.