THE 737 MAX
Air Canada has further adjusted its schedule, taking the grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft out of consideration until Aug. 1, 2019. This new update is the latest in a series of reconfigurations as the carrier works to cover its bases without an end-date in sight for the 737 Max grounding.
The airline says it has secured additional capacity and taken other measures to make up for the shortfall, so that customers “can book with full confidence”.
“With the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Air Canada is prudently adjusting its schedule and is finalizing arrangements for additional aircraft to transport customers to their destinations,” says Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
“Through these measures, we are giving customers certainty to book their summer travel plans on Air Canada with full confidence. We understand the importance our customers attach to their summer travel and through the actions we are announcing today, Air Canada now has in place a schedule and the capacity to meet travellers’ needs.”
Since the Boeing 737 Max fleet was grounded on March 13, Air Canada has successfully protected 96% of planned flying through strategic commercial adjustments, she added. This includes optimizing the current fleet, consolidating flights on larger aircraft and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.
“By leveraging our deep, global network and through arrangements with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa and other airlines to provide capacity, we now have secured sufficient additional capacity to meet our customers’ travel needs this summer,” she said.
Deliveries of more 737 MAX are currently suspended. Air Canada was expecting to receive another 12 aircraft for a total fleet of 36 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in July.
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.