North American operators and now Air Canada has pulled the Boeing 737 MAX from its schedule until January and February 14, 2020 respectively.
Air Canada cites the uncertainty surrounding regulatory approvals for the return to service of the plane as the reason. According to Air Canada, with 24 737 Max’s, this decision will provide some certainty and stability for the airline over the northern 2019/20 winter.
Air Canada’s new 737 MAX time frame matches that of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. Most North American airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines are currently banking on a mid-January 2020 return to service.
Tomi Kilgore, writing in marketwatch.com, quotes Air Canada’s Chief Commercial Officer, Lucie Guillemette, saying;
“We are 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.”
source: simply flying