AA resumes US Boeing 737 MAX commercial flights

AA President Robert Isom

Boeing has resumed commercial flights with its 737 MAX model carriers in the United States. The company was able to restart its regular schedule in the US after a 20-month safety ban was suspended.

American Airlines Flight 718 safely landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport after a flight from Miami. A CNBC reporter said the wife of the flight captain and the first officer’s mother were both onboard the flight. American planemaker Boeing have sought to reassure the public over the plane’s safety after it was cleared by US regulators in November to resume flights. A Reuters poll showed that more than half of passengers are wary of taking the jet when reminded of two fatal crashes that led to the grounding.

“This aircraft is ready to go,” American Airline’s President Robert Isom said at a media briefing in Miami before the flight. The airline is confident in the safety of the 737 MAX, he added. The MAX was grounded in March 2019 for 20 months after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people. The grounding was lifted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month after Boeing agreed to software upgrades and new safeguards on a key flight control system linked to both fatal crashes.

American’s first flight between Miami and LaGuardia follows flight control updates, maintenance work, fresh pilot training and town hall meetings with flight crews to walk them through Boeing’s changes and address concerns.

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