American Airlines re-activates first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) has scheduled flights to re-activate its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, as the carrier prepares to un-ground the aircraft following a very prolonged period of grounding.

Two American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, registered as N308RD and N314RH, are scheduled to leave Tulsa International Airport (TUL), Oklahoma, United States, on December 1, 2020, at 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM local time (UTC -6), respectively. The aircraft will depart on flight AA9750 and flight AA9785, data indicates.

N308RD was stored at TUL since April 23, 2019, while N314RH was ferried to Roswell International Air Center Airport (ROW), where it was stored between April 2019 and August 2020. Afterwards, it joined the other AA Boeing 737 MAX stored in Oklahoma.

American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) is set to become one of the first airlines to commercially fly the Boeing 737 MAX, as the carrier scheduled a round-trip flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) to New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on December 29, 2020. In addition, the carrier will fly employee-only flights on the aircraft type to make sure that employees are comfortable with flying the aircraft, as “restoring our customers’ confidence in the 737 MAX starts with ensuring our own team members are comfortable,” an internal memo read.

Furthermore, customers will be able to tour AA’s Boeing 737 MAX in three of its hubs, namely Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and the two aforementioned airports, MIA and LGA. The tours will also include pilots and mechanics of the airline.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) un-grounded the Boeing 737 MAX after a 20-month grounding period following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which killed a combined 346 people. While the FAA officially gave way to the aircraft to fly again, airlines have a lengthy process to complete before they are able to fly passengers on the Boeing 737 MAX.


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