American Airlines plans to return the 737 MAX to service in December

American Airlines plans to return the Boeing 737 Max for service to passenger flights by the end of the year.

A large passenger jet flying through the blue sky: a Boeing 737 MAX airliner operated by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator Steve Dickson following an evaluation flight on September 30, 2020 at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jason) Redmond / AFP) (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Image)

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On September 30, 2020, a Boeing 737 Max Airlander pilot by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dixon lands after an evaluation flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP) (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images)

The airline said on Sunday that the return dates are “highly dependent” on the recast from the Federal Aviation Administration. Max had been grounded worldwide since March 2019, killing 364 people in two accidents.

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American said that after being certified, it would phase in the 737 Max, starting with a 737 Max flight a day between Miami and New York, which would begin from December 29 to January 4. It will also consider expanding flights beyond that time period.

“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process and we will continue to update our plans,” the company said in a statement.

The airline said the new flight slate will be available for booking by October 24 and customers will be made aware that they will be flying on Max.

9,000 job cuts for US Coronovirus federal aid failed after the announcement. The airline expects to report earnings on 22 October. In the first half of the year, the company suffered a $ 5 billion loss, as the coronovirus epidemic continues to take its toll on the airline industry.

Earlier in October, the FAA published a draft of pilot training proposed for MAX – one of a half-dozen procedural steps the agency has determined to allow aircraft to be re-flown by airlines before it is completed. Final approval will need to be provided. . On Friday, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency confirmed that it is also clear. But that final approval would still take more than a month to complete.

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