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Industry News / Opinions SNEAKY American Airlines Tricking Passengers to Book flights on 737 MAX. OUTRAGROUS!

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Aviator, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Aviator

    Aviator New Member

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    I don't know if anybody has noticed.... but here's how American is dealing with future flights in its schdule (e.g. June) durrently planned to be flown by the fatal MAX... by SIMPLY NOT LISTING the aircraft type on 737 Max flight, althought the seat map is still showing 737 MAX!

    WTF, stop being a liar and trying to trick money from passengers. @Lucky, you should do a post on this. You guys can try the DCA-MIA route in June, for example.
     
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  2. Aviator

    Aviator New Member

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    @Tiffany Can the OMAAT team address this? Thanks!
     
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  3. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    @ Aviator -- I appreciate the concern here, but when it comes to airline operations (especially with American these days), I would never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence.

    So in this case, I would guess that a couple of things are happening at the systems level:

    1) Since the MAX is grounded, it's possible that the display of the aircraft type was toggled to "off" in a way that impacts the entire reservations system -- so in the database, the field that would typically show the 737-MAX might be displaying as "null" and returning the blank on the website.

    2) June is a long ways out, and these aircraft haven't even been grounded for 72 hours yet -- I wouldn't expect any airline to have reworked their entire operations and fleet utilization schedule for the year yet, especially when no one knows anything about what the process will be for getting these aircraft back in the air. So a flight in June that is scheduled with a 737-MAX may very well operate as planned by then, or all routes for the day might be shuffled if there's a need for a long-term change in aircraft allocation, and so forth. There's no reason to not sell the flight in the meantime, and equipment changes happen constantly.

    So at this point I wouldn't read too much into it; this entire situation is very fluid.
     
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    Thanks @Tiffany for the insight. Sorry I was overeacting.
     
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    @Lucky @Tiffany Now that AA has started to relist the 737 Max as the aircraft on select flights (rather than leaving it blank), does this suggest that the Max will return to service soon?
     
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    Latest news is that AA extended cancellations to June 5 (not sure how far out AA had previously cancelled).

    See: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/07/american-airlines-extends-flight-cancellations-through-june-5.html

    So I don't think AA has started adding Max 8 flights back into the schedule; perhaps AA is not cancelling flights as far out as before?
     
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  7. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    Until the FAA clears the aircraft to go back into service, airlines cant legally use the aircraft for passenger operations.

    Even if you see the aircraft listed for operations, it'll have to change unless the grounding is lifted. There's zero change of a 737MAX being used for ops until it's approved by the FAA

    Like OctinPHL says, AA extended cancellations to June 5th. There's a change it could be extended again.
     
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