American Airlines eyes to bring 737 Max into service by Dec
American Airlines is planning to bring back the Boeing 737 Max to service for passenger flights by the finish of the year.
The return-to-service dates are "highly dependent" on recertification from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airline said on October 18. The Max has been grounded worldwide since March 2019 following two crashes that killed 364 people.
American said after it really is certified, it would phase in the 737 Max, beginning with a daily 737 Max flight once-a-day between Miami and NY, starting December 29 through January 4. It will consider extending flights beyond that point period.
"We remain in connection with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process and we'll continue to update our plans predicated on when the aircraft is certified," the business said in a statement.
The new slate of flights have offered for booking from October 24 and customers will be made aware they'll be flying on a Max, the airline said.
The announcement follows American's cut of 9,000 jobs after demands more coronavirus federal aid failed. The airline can be expected to report earnings on October 22. In the first half of the year, the business lost USD 5 billion, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the airline industry.
Earlier in October, the FAA published a draft of the proposed pilot training for the Max - one among a half-dozen procedural steps the agency has organized that will must be completed before it grants final approval for airlines to fly the plane again. On October 16, EU Aviation Safety Agency confirmed it is also getting near to giving the all-clear. But it will still take more than a month to complete that final approval.