American Airlines cancels 570 Friday flights

LOS ANGELES Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:01pm EDT

1 of 10. An American Airlines passenger service representative stands at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Gapevine, Texas, April 10, 2008.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American Airlines said on Thursday that it has canceled around 570 flights scheduled for Friday as it works to complete the inspections of its MD-80 fleet as required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airline said that as of Thursday afternoon, 132 MD-80 aircraft were returned to service.

On Thursday, American canceled over 930 flights related to the MD-80 inspections. That followed the cancellation of 1,094 flights on Wednesday and 460 canceled flights on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Deena Beasley; Editing by Gary Hill)