The airlines will resume passenger flights on December 29th.
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American Airlines It is preparing to become the first American airline to resume commercial passenger flights on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft after the 20-month ban on the aircraft was lifted. The company completed an in-flight media test flight, a short 45-minute trip from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as part of a public relations campaign before resuming commercial flights on December 29. Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft were discontinued worldwide in March 2019 after two fatal accidents within five months.
Investigators found that Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed, among other things, because of a sensor that sent incorrect information to the flight control system. Boeing had to rewrite the aircraft’s software, update its manuals, and perform critical flight safety tests before the FAA cleared the 737 Max for recommissioning.
according to ReutersBoeing installed a 24-hour “situation room” to monitor every Max flight around the world and keep an eye on everything that happens, even if it’s just routine errors.
American Airlines will also state on its website if the 737 Max is being used on a flight. In both America and the Southwest, passengers can rebook their flights without paying a fee if the originally booked flight was also booked with a max. If the reports are correct, Ryanair is confident that Boeing has done everything it can to correct the aircraft’s problems. The low-cost airline is said to be ordering 210,737 Max jets, more than twice as many as the original 75 jets.