Fort Worth’s American Airlines resumes 737 MAX commercial flights after 20-month ban



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Fort Worth’s American Airlines resumes 737 MAX commercial flights after 20-month ban

On Tuesday, American Airlines, the Fort Worth, Texas-based world’s largest carrier by fleet size and turnover per passenger, had restarted Boeing’ 737 MAX passenger flights in the US for the first time in more than twenty months following a global-scale mass-grounding on safety issues which had been lifted last month.

In point of fact, American Airlines’ Flight 718, a Boeing 737 MAX, had successfully completed the 1,200-mile journey from Miami to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, while the aircraft carrier, which a CNBC report unveiled was carrying the first officer’s mother alongside the wife of flight captain in order to assuage the flyers, landed safely at around 01.08 PM EST.

In actually, Boeing Co., the world’s second-largest low-cost aircraft carrier maker which had lost its aviation industry crown to European flagship planemaker Airbus SE last year following two fatal crashes due to potential glitches on its autopilot software, had been vying to vent out a way to reassure the flyers over the plane’s safety.

Both US FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) and EU regulators had cleared Boeing’s 737 MAX to resume flights last month.

American Airlines resumes Boeing 737 MAX commercial flights in the US

On top of that, voicing a full-fledged confidence over the safety of 737 MAX, American Airlines President Robert Isom said in a press briefing shortly before the Miami-to-New York 2-1/2-hour flight, “This aircraft is ready to go.

The Chicago, Illinois-based Boeing Co.’s best-selling 737 MAX remained grounded since March 2019 for more than 20 months following two fatal crashes in less than five months which killed 346 people. However, US FAA had authorized 737 MAX flights for commercial purposes last month after the US planemaker had instrumented new software upgrades alongside a new safeguard on key flight control system which is still believed to be the key issue behind those fatal crashes.

Apart from addressing software-linked autopilot glitches, 737 MAX’s authorization for commercial flights in November followed flight control updates, fresh pilot training and maintenance upgrades.