DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — It looks like the three big U.S. airlines that own Boeing 737 Max jets will have to go through another summer without the planes.
That means Southwest, American and United will likely cancel thousands more flights during their busiest time of year. Still, the airlines are remaining very profitable thanks to strong demand for travel, which is pushing up average prices and leaving fewer empty seats on planes.READ MORE: Ford Recalling 200K Cars For Problem That Can Keep Brake Lights On
The grounding came amid an on-going uncertainty about the plane’s return to service after two deadly crashes killed hundreds of travelers last year.READ MORE: Arctic Front Plunges North Texas Temperatures, Brings Slight Chance For Wintry Precipitation
American Airlines earned $414 million in the fourth quarter, and Southwest earned $514 million.
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