The first commercial flight aboard Boeing’s troubled 737 Max Jet departed Miami for New York’s La Guardia Airport on Tuesday morning, nearly two years after the plane took off.
Max was banned in March 2019 as Lion Air Air crash in Indonesia killed 189 people and Ethiopia Airlines crash five months later, killing all 157 people.
American Airlines Flight 718 departed Miami International Airport at around 10:30 am on Tuesday. The airline plans to fly from Miami to New York and maximum from January 4 before adding more routes.
According to CNBC, Capt. Sean Roski announced the aircraft’s PA system, “We are flying on a Boeing 737 Max” to some applause from passengers, including the president, crew and other employees of American Airlines. “We have full faith in this aircraft. In fact, my wife is on board, ”said Roski.
In September, an investigative report from the House of Representatives blamed the accidents on Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration for their “repeated and serious failures”.
“The crash was the catastrophic culmination of a series of flawed technical assumptions by Boeing’s engineers, lack of transparency on behalf of Boeing’s management, and excessive inadequate oversight by the FAA,” the congressional report said.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, who flew the plane in September, told CNBC last month that he is “100 percent convinced” of the 737 Max.
However this belief is not shared by all travelers. A new Reuters / Ipsos poll shows that 57 percent of Americans said they were unlikely to fly in a Boeing 737 MAX when told about the history of the aircraft.
The airline said passengers will be given advance warning on all American Max flights, with the option to rebook.
American Airlines chief operating officer David Seymour said, “We promise to any customer flying on us that if you get on the 737 MAX and you don’t want to fly, we will allow you to change.” .
Boeing still faces dozens of wrongful death lawsuits by victims’ families over safety issues that have led to accidents. Families of Ethiopia’s crash victims urged regulators to land following new revelations included in the Senate Commerce Committee report released on Friday, a series of failures found in Boeing’s reelection efforts.
Her husband Antoine Lewis, whose husband was Antoine Lewis, in the Ethiopia Airlines crash, said, “It is believed that American Airlines is effective for the corrupt and sinister process that rewarded Boeing, which led to Max.”
United Airlines plans to restart Max starting February 11, and Southwest, the largest operator of 737 Max jets, according to a notice on its website, “again compared to the second quarter of 2021 Not in a hurry “is about to start using the jet.
American Airlines has ordered the 76 Max Jet to be added to its current fleet of 24 737 Max planes.
“We will never forget the lives lost in the two tragic accidents that led to the decision to suspend operations,” Boeing CEO David Calhoun said in a statement in November. “These events and the lessons we have learned as a result have re-shaped our company and further focused our attention on our core values of safety, quality and integrity.”