has canceled more than 900 flights today as it works to complete the
inspections of its MD-80 fleet. The airline is also working to
re-accommodate customers affected by this week’s activity.As of Wednesday afternoon,
—179 MD-80 aircraft were completely inspected
—60 of the 179 MD-80s were returned to service
—119 of the 179 MD-80s were still undergoing work
—121 MD-80s remain to be inspected
These inspections were conducted to ensure compliance with a Federal
Aviation Administration directive related to the bundling of wires in the
wheel well of the MD-80 aircraft. American Airlines apologizes for any
inconvenience this activity has created for our customers.
On Wednesday, American officially canceled 1,094 flights, in addition
to the 460 canceled on Tuesday.
Customers who were scheduled on a flight that was cancelled may request
a full refund or apply the value of their ticket toward future travel on
American Airlines. Additionally, customers scheduled to travel on any MD-80
flight April 8-11, even if their flight has not been cancelled, may rebook
without a change fee to any AA flight with availability in the same cabin
as long as their travel begins by April 17.