American Airlines plans to return the Boeing 737 Max into service for passenger flights by the end of the year.
Dates of return to service are “highly dependent” on recertification by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airline said on Sunday. Max has been grounded worldwide since March 2019 after two crashes that killed 364 people.
The US company said that after being certified, it will launch flight 737 Max, starting with a daily flight 737 Max once a day between Miami and New York, starting from December 29 to January 4.
“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing regarding the certification process and will continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” the company said in a statement.
The new list of flights will be available for booking on October 24 and customers will be notified that they will fly with Max, the airline said.
The announcement comes after the 9,000 jobs of Americans were cut after calls for more federal aid for the coronavirus failed. The airline is expected to report profits on October 22. The company lost $ 5 billion in the first half of the year as the coronavirus pandemic continued to affect the aviation industry.
Earlier in October, the FAA published a draft of the proposed pilot training for Max, just one of half a dozen procedural steps provided by the agency that will have to be completed before it can give final approval to airlines to fly the plane again. . On Friday, the EU Aviation Safety Agency confirmed that it is also approaching to make everything clear. However, it will take more than a month to complete this final approval.