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I was on the first US Boeing 737 Max passenger flight since 2019


  • #On #Tuesday, #American #Airlines became the first US airline to fly the #Boeing 737 #Max since it was grounded in #March 2019 following two crashes in a five-month span.
  • #Writer #Chris #Sloan was onboard the three-hour flight from #Miami to #New #York with 95 other people made up of press, bloggers, airline employees, and regular passengers.
  • #Sloan says he felt completely safe and comfortable on the #Max, and that the flight went smoothly save minor bumps during the descent into windy #New #York.
  • #Some staffers on the flight were so comfortable with the #Max’s return they brought family members along for the memorable event.
  • #Visit #Business #Insider’s homepage for more stories.

#On #Tuesday, #American #Airlines became the first US airline to fly the #Boeing 737 #Max on route from #Miami to #New #York, launching a new saga for the storied aircraft.

The 737 #Max was once #Boeing’s bestselling commercial aircraft of all time, peaking at over 5,000 orders and a runaway success for its 79 operators. The #Max made nearly 250,000 flights worldwide since it began flying passengers in #May 2017. Then, the #Max was grounded by the FAA in #March 2019 following two ill-fated flights that crashed within five months of each other and took 346 lives. The aircraft hasn’t flown passengers in the US since, until #Tuesday.

#After months of strenuous work to fix the quality control, cultural, and design flaws, #Boeing has now readied the #Max for passenger flights. #American #Airlines and other operators have also been working at warp speed to safely return the #Max to flying. #According to a statement from #American #Airlines, their tech operations team in #Tulsa, #Oklahoma, has put more than 64,000 hours of work into maintaining and upgrading the #Max fleet over the past 20 months.

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#For years, I flew the #Boeing 737 #Max twice a month on one of #American #Airlines’ most profitable and well-traveled milk runs between #Miami and #New #York. #Flying doesn’t get much more routine than this route, and it became pedestrian for me as it did for many others.

#Tuesday’s flight was the first step in rebuilding the trust that #Boeing and the #Max once commanded among its airline customers and the traveling public. (AA conducted a demo flight #December 3.)

#Here’s what it was like to be a passenger onboard the first #Boeing 737 #Max passenger flight.



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https://www.businessinsider.com/i-flew-first-us-boeing-737-max-passenger-flight-aa-2020-12?IR=T

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