American Airlines Group Inc. plans to do Boeing Co. 737 Max passenger flights at the end of this year for the first time since the plane landed in March 201
Max will service the busy Miami-New York corridor once a day, from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, the American said. The airline will “take over” the phasing-in of Max once it is approved for the flight, including whether to extend the Miami-New York flight after January 4.
The carrier on Saturday removed from its schedule more than 1,900 flights that were scheduled on 737 Max aircraft from December to March 21, 2021, and moved them to other aircraft, the airline said in an email. The changes were made amid uncertainty over when Max will be certified by aviation regulators to resume commercial operations and give American pilots time to bid for new Max flights. The schedule is not final.
737 Max, grounded worldwide after two crashes that killed 346 people, is approaching the resumption of trade flights after European regulators said last week that the changes made the plane safe enough to operate there before the end of the year. The Federal Aviation Administration continues its review, but did not comment on when Max could work in the United States.
An American will fly with Max, subject to this approval, every day on a Miami-LaGuardia-Miami itinerary. The flights can be booked from October 24 and customers will be notified that they will fly with Max, the airline said.
“We remain in touch with the FAA and Boeing regarding the certification process and will continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” said the US Fort Worth, based in Texas.
American earlier this month moved on the basis of a simulator training of the 737 Max until December from November due to the uncertain schedule of the certification process and said it would still be able to train a sufficient number of pilots until the aircraft returned to flight. The airline has 24,737 Max aircraft parked since landing, with orders for another 76.