American Airlines Resumes Boeing 737 MAX Flights
For the first time since March 2019, passengers will will be able to fly in the U.S. on a Boeing 737 MAX. The aircraft was grounded in the US and around the world, but received approval to start flying again in recent weeks after changes Boeing has made to a flight-control system on the plane.
The 737 Max was grounded almost two years ago after two 737 Max planes crashed within five months. Boeing and the FAA faced criticism from lawmakers and some air safety experts. Investigations into the crashes and the Max’s development focused on an automated flight control system that was meant to prevent the aircraft from stalling. Pilots on both flights that crashed struggled with the new system after it was activated because of faulty sensor data.
Now American Airlines will fly the 737 MAX from Miami to New York’s Laguardia Airport Tuesday morning. American Airlines said they have put in place rigorous processes to ensure that every plane in the air is safe and their pilots, flight attendants, and team members are confident in the return of the 737 MAX.
The airline is making sure to tell everyone who’s flying the 737 MAX that they are on one, CBS Miami reports. They’re also passengers no-fee rebooking if they still do not feel comfortable. Customers can also cancel their trip and receive travel credits redeemable with American Airlines.