June 19, 2019 / 10:47 AM / 4 months ago

Southwest trims Q2 fuel, capacity forecasts on 737 MAX groundings

June 19 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co trimmed its forecasts for second quarter capacity and fuel efficiency on Wednesday to reflect the impact of the grounding of all 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet.

The airline said here in a regulatory filing it now expects second quarter fuel efficiency to decrease in the 1% to 2% range, compared with its previous forecast of flat to down 1%, reflecting the impact of the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft through Aug. 5.

Southwest last week joined larger rival American Airlines in extending its removal of Boeing's currently grounded MAX planes from its schedules until the start of September. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)

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