American Airlines has cancelled more than 850 flights because of additional inspections on its fleet of MD-80s.
According to American Airlines, “These inspections are to ensure precise and complete compliance with the FAA’s directive related to wiring in the aircraft’s wheel wells.”
As is often the case with massive disruptions in service (half of American’s fleet is comprised of the MD-80s), this action affects more than just the MD-80 routes–and more than American Airlines.
If you’re traveling to Dallas or Chicago, your flights may be delayed, changed or disrupted–even if you’re not on American. It’s just best to reconfirm and be prepared to deal with last-minute changes as a result.
The fallout of this last-minute move by American could last as long as a week while crews and aircraft are back in place.
Keep in mind that Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have code-share agreements on many routes. It’s worthwhile to check your itinerary carefully before you head to the airport!
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