The flights are set to depart Indianapolis twice daily Sunday though Friday and once on Saturdays starting May 7. Tickets will begin going on sale this weekend.
Dave Calhoun, who officially took charge Monday, pushed to release humiliating internal messages last week even though they may darken public perception for years to come.
There are only 34 MAX flight simulators worldwide—Boeing owns eight of them, and more are being made. But U.S. airlines alone have thousands of 737 pilots — Southwest has nearly 10,000, and American and United have more than 4,000 each.
At least some of the messages were written by the same Boeing pilot whose 2016 messages were released in October and were the subject of sharp questioning by lawmakers, according to a person familiar with their contents who wasn’t authorized to discuss them.
By midmorning, nearly 50 flights had been canceled at O’Hare, and more than 70 flights canceled at Midway, split evenly between arrivals and departures, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
The Boeing board said a change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company as it works to repair relationships with regulators and stakeholders.
The message to Boeing Co. from the Federal Aviation Administration was clear: The grounded 737 Max won’t get approval to fly again anytime soon. So the company had little choice but to idle the giant factory where the plane is made.
The trade group Airlines for America said Tuesday that 47.5 million people are expected to fly over an 18-day period from Dec. 19 through Jan. 5.
The flights from Indianapolis International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport begin May 21. They will feature local departure times of 8 a.m. and local arrival times of 6:30 a.m.
United Airlines said Friday that without the planes, it will cancel 56 flights a day in January, February and early March.
Southwest Airlines says it will speed up inspections of dozens of used planes it bought from foreign airlines after federal regulators threatened to ground the jets because they might not meet all safety standards.
Without the planes, Southwest says it will cancel about 175 flights each weekday.
Officials for Indianapolis-based Republic said the registered program will be the only one of its kind in Indiana and one of only eight in the United States.
With the addition of the new year-round routes, Allegiant will offer service from Indianapolis to 15 cities in the South and Southwest.
The plane is expected to start flying again in January 2020 “under the latest scenario,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified sources within the Federal Aviation Administration and pilot-union leaders.
TSA expects to screen about 12.1 million people between Wednesday and Sunday for the July 4 holiday period.
A person familiar with the matter said the latest setback is likely to delay the plane’s return to service by an extra one to three months.
Aviation officials from more 30 countries met with the FAA to hear the U.S. regulator's approach to reviewing changes that Boeing is making after two crashes that killed 346 people.
With Boeing 737 Max jets grounded after two deadly accidents, U.S. airlines will operate about 200 fewer daily flights than planned through the heart of the peak summer season. That’s around 35,000 seats lost every day.
The Indianapolis International Airport is using a California firm’s motion-analytics platform in an effort to provide travelers with real-time updates on security checkpoint wait times and to monitor foot traffic in other parts of the airport.