United Airlines cancels Boeing 737 MAX flights until early January

United Airlines cancels Boeing 737 MAX flights until early January
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United Airlines says it will cancel all flights on Boeing 737 Max jets until January 6 as Boeing undergoes federal review of its updates to systems in the plane blamed for two deadly crashes within six months.

In a statement obtained by Reuters on Friday, the company said that it was continuing to cooperate with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) review of the aircraft and would cancel all remaining flights scheduled for 2019 using the aircraft.

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“We have cooperated fully with the FAA’s independent review of the MAX aircraft, and we won’t put our customers and employees on that plane until regulators make their own independent assessment that it is safe to do so," the company reportedly said.

United joins Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, two other carriers with 737 Max in their fleets, in grounding the aircraft until early 2020 as the FAA's review reportedly looks to stretch until at least November or December.

A problem with the plane's sensors was blamed for two deadly crashes, one earlier in 2019 and one in late 2018, that killed more than 200 people on two flights, resulting in flight authorities around the world grounding the 737 Max line.