Some airlines extend cancelations of 737 Max flights into October
Southwest Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to respond to the latest setback for Boeing’s 737 Max by extending its cancellation of flights scheduled to operate the embattled aircraft through October 1. Singapore Airlines/SilkAir extended their cancellations through October 31.
Southwest is the world’s largest MAX operator with 34 planes and dozens more on order. Company officials said its recent decision to remove the MAX from its schedules until October 1 would result in about 150 flight cancellations per day. Southwest says it is working with impacted customers.
American and United currently still have the MAX out of their schedules through Labor Day, but as Boeing continues to work through additional requirements, many industry experts expect further cancellation extensions to be announced.
New agreement opens up air travel between the U.S. and Argentina
The U.S. and Argentina reached an agreement which would remove flights restrictions between the two countries. The move to unrestricted capacity opens up the possibility of new routes and codesharing opportunities. U.S. Department of Transportation officials say the new agreement also commits both governments to “higher standards of safety and security”.
FedEx to offer U.S. citizens 24-hour passport services
Using its network of over 2,000 FedEx Office stores across the United States, FedEx will offer expedited passport services including a 24-hour turnaround. The new service is in partnership with passport expeditor RushMyPassport and is a one-stop shop option for new passports, passport renewals, and standard-sized passport photos. Customers can choose from a tiered system of expedited timeframes including 24-hour service, next-day service (two business days), priority service (three to five business days), and more.