American Airlines Plans to Return Beleaguered Boeing 737 Max to the Skies by Year End

By Kurt Stolz on 18 October 2020
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American Airlines said Sunday that it plans to return the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max to the skies for passenger flights by the end of 2020.

The troubled 737 Max has been grounded since March 2019 after two hull losses that resulted in the deaths of 364 people.

The move is, however, dependent on pending recertifications by the Federal Aviation Administration. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency declared the 737 Max safe to fly.

Patrick Ky, the agency’s director, said that he’s satisfied with the changes Boeing has made to the aircraft.

American will reportedly operate a daily 737 Max flight between Miami and New York City from December 29, 2020 through January 4, 2021, as it begins to take its parked 737 Max aircraft out of mothballs.

“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process and we’ll continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” the airline said in a statement.

In addition to American, two other U.S. airlines were forced to ground the 737 Max in March, namely United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

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