Air Canada has removed the Boeing 737 Max from
its flying schedule until 14 February 2020.
The airline says that the decision was based on
operational considerations, as it will implement a new reservation
system next month.
with a safety notice closing Canadian airspace issued by Transport
Canada on 13 March 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.
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."