American Airlines will restart the U.S. Boeing 737 MAX commercial flights on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The flight resumption follows flight control updates, maintenance work, fresh pilot training, and flight crews’ meetings taking them through Boeing changes and addressing concerns.
- MAX was grounded in March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people
- MAX grounding was lifted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month after Boeing agreed to software upgrades and new safeguards on the flight control system
- American Airlines is the third carrier globally to resume flights following Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Grupo Aeromexico earlier this month.
- American Airlines has 31 737 MAX aircraft after taking delivery of seven more jets since the FAA lifted its safety ban, including one on Monday, and plans to reintroduce the plane to its fleet gradually.
- Airlines are currently deferring jet deliveries and do not expect a robust rebound until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available.
- Relatives of 737 MAX crash victims oppose the return of 737 MAX.
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