American Airlines Execs Will Be the First Passengers When the Boeing 737 Max Returns to the Skies

By Anna Breuer on 15 June 2019
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First-class cabin on a 737

American Airlines managers and executives will serve as passengers on Boeing 737 Max flights the airline will operate once the beleaguered aircraft has been cleared to return to the skies but before the airline begins to operate revenue flights.

The plan was announced by the airline’s CEO, Doug Parker, at the company’s annual shareholder meeting earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, U.S. regulators have not signaled a timeframe for the 737 Max to return to commercial service.

American – the world’s largest airline – has removed the aircraft from its schedule through September 3 and it hopes to resume revenue flights at that time. The airline has cancelled an average of 115 flights per day since the 737 Max was grounded.

The grounding took place following the crash of two 737 Max aircraft, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max in March and a Lion Air 737 Max last October.

In May, Boeing has released new software for a flight-control system that malfunctioned and was implicated in two crashes. It has also devised new training for pilots to ensure they fully understand the system.

American is one of three U.S. airlines that operates the 737 Max. The other two airlines are Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

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