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with peak travel season approaching US airlines are faced with an unusual problem not enough planes for this summer's eager vacationers booming demand along with the grounding of Boeing seven thirty seven MAX aircraft is biting into northern hemisphere spring and summer schedules two fatal crashes within five months of each other led to the grounding of more than three hundred Boeing airplanes a worldwide , airlines removed twenty four of the planes from their schedules through August nineteenth translating to about one hundred fifteen daily cancellations Southwest Airlines meanwhile removed thirty four of the planes from their schedules this summer which will result in a hundred sixty cancellations of some four thousand two hundred daily flights between June and August and that's after southwest had estimated a hundred fifty million dollars in lost revenue between February twenty eighth and March thirty first alone , Boeing is under pressure to deliver an upgrade on software that is under scrutiny in both crashes and then it must convince global regulators that the plane is safe to fly again a process expected to take at least ninety days with fewer seats available for peak travel analysts say there could be higher last minute summer fares especially for business class travelers