Three US airlines plan demonstration flights of MAX planes to improve their image

Three U.S. airlines, namely Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines are developing a demonstration plan for the upgraded Boeing 737 MAX separately from Boeing and the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the official resumption of operation of these aircraft, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

According to sources in the aircraft industry, we are talking about a kind of public relations campaign designed to strengthen the confidence of customers and passengers in the reliability of 737 MAX after improving the system to improve maneuverability. Three air carriers plan to test the aircraft in the air for several weeks and take on board pilots, members of their management, representatives of customers and journalists. This will lead to some delay in the resumption of operation of the 737 MAX. However, US airlines rely on the very sight of these aircraft in the air to convince passengers of the safety of aircraft.

United Airlines and American Airlines removed 737 MAX from air traffic schedules until January 2020, Southwest Airlines – until February of the same year.

The operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was suspended after two accidents. On March 10, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people. On October 29, 2018, 189 people became victims of the crash of an aircraft of a similar model owned by Lion Air, Indonesia.

Boeing management acknowledged that in both cases there was a malfunction in the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) on board aircraft, before they crashed. After that, many countries, including Russia, the United States and the European Union, suspended the operation of aircraft of this series for safety reasons. American Airlines and many other air carriers said they would temporarily not use these aircraft.

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