Air Canada says it intends to remove its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months.
Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week following the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians.
The crash came just months after a Lion Air crash left 189 people dead.
Air Canada says it has now adjusted its schedule through to April 30 to cover 98 per cent of its planned flights.
We've updated the schedule following the grounding of the #B737MAX Aircraft. More: https://t.co/r30bPTvuvF
Here's the revised schedule including booking and travelling information: https://t.co/of5DYb0LQN
— Air Canada (@AirCanada) March 19, 2019
It is also updating its May schedule to re-accommodate customers and optimize its fleet.
Air Canada says it has taken several steps to adjust for grounded Max 8s, which represent about six per cent of its total fleet capacity.
Among other things, it has substituted different aircraft in its fleet, chartered flights or leased aircraft from Air Transat, suspended some routes temporarily, and adjusted its rebooking policy for affected customers.
Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the aircraft manufacturer is taking actions to ensure the safety of its 7-37 Max jets, vowing “relentless commitment to safety.”
Canada and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s and larger Max 9s amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes.