Alaska Airlines extended the cancellation of flights on Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft: the reason
Alaska Airlines has announced the cancellation of all flights operated by Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft until at least Sunday. The reason cited is the wait for permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration.
The incident involving a door on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft that was torn off in midair became one of the major news stories of 2024 and is still under discussion today. According to Simple Flying, the delay in FAA approval was attributed to the processing of data from various airlines.
The Federal Aviation Administration has declared that MAX 9 planes cannot take off until data is received from airlines that have completed 40 inspections. Subsequently, a process and inspection protocol will be developed.
The flight cancellations undoubtedly presented a challenging situation for Alaska Airlines, resulting in both financial and reputational losses.
Nevertheless, the airline chose transparency, informing passengers about all the events to alleviate concerns regarding MAX 9 aircraft flights.
It's worth noting that Alaska Airlines is not the only carrier testing its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet. Many other airlines have opted to conduct additional maintenance on their aircraft to prevent similar incidents.