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American Airlines is planning pilot training on the Boeing 737 Max in November



An American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight from Los Angeles lands at Reagan National Airport shortly after the FAA announced that the planes were grounded by the United States in Washington on March 13, 2019.

Joshua Roberts | Reuters

American Airlines plans to start training its pilots on the still-grounded Boeing 737 Max in November, according to a company note sent on Monday.

The jets were grounded worldwide in March 201

9 after two crashes killed 346 people, prompting software and other changes to the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration is going through some of the latest steps that allow the planes to fly again, but has not provided a specific timeline. Last month, the FAA issued the safety changes necessary for the aircraft to return to service. Public comments on these changes are due Monday.

A spokesman for American Airlines said that the company has not made any "final plans" for Max, and that the date for pilot training can be adjusted based on the work of regulators.

"With the planned withdrawal of the B737 MAX aircraft in the near future, we will begin conducting B737 MAX Special Training for our B737 pilots," said Ameya Kingaonkar, Director of Flight Training Planning and Planning, in a pilot note, which was seen by CNBC.

Kingaonkar said the company expects to train all of its 737 pilots on Max by the end of January.

Southwest and United said they had no updates on potential 737 Max pilot training.

"We are awaiting the FAA's guidance regarding Max, and that guidance will drive our future timelines," a Southwestern spokesman said.

737 Max, although fuel efficient, will return to flights with only a fraction of last year's levels due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the Transportation Security Administration screened 4.9 million people at US airports, down approx. 5% from last week and almost 70% lower than a year ago.

Airlines' shares were down sharply on Monday as concerns about possible further Covid 19 restrictions in Europe amid several outbreaks of the virus.

Shares in American Airlines fell 7.4% on Monday, while Delta lost 9.2% and United fell 8.6%, the S&P 500 ended the day off 1.2%.


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