Airline And Passengers Are Having A Rotten Week
For the third consecutive day,
American Airlines scrapped a large chunk of its domestic schedule,
due to ongoing inspections to its fleet of aging MD-82 and MD-83
As ANN reported, American
first announced the cancellation of over 500 flights Tuesday, when
FAA inspectors found needed inspections to wiring bundles in the
jets' maingear wells -- checks American said were accomplished two
weeks before, when the carrier first cancelled hundreds of MD-80
flights -- still had not been performed.
American said earlier this week it would return the jets to
service as quickly as possible... but that hasn't proven to be very
fast. The Fort Worth-based airline followed up Tuesday's
cancellations with over 1,000 flights scrubbed on Wednesday --
nearly half American's entire daily schedule.
And the work STILL isn't done. CNN reports American scrubbed
over 900 more flights Thursday, as work continues to verify the
wiring inspections, mandated under a 2006 Airworthiness Directive,
were actually done.
"We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our
customers," Gerard Arpey, CEO of American parent-company AMR Corp.,
said this week. "American will do whatever it takes to assist those
affected by these flight changes, and our employees are working
hard to ensure that we remain their choice for air travel."
To that end, American has offered displaced passengers ticket
refunds, vouchers, and compensation for overnight stays.
With over 300 flying in American livery, the MD-80 -- a
catch-all term for the MD-82 and MD-83 narrowbody airliner -- makes
up the bulk of the airline's fleet, and handles a substantial
majority of the carrier's domestic schedule.