American Airlines to resume its Boeing 737 MAX flights on March 5, 2020

American Airlines announced that it will resume scheduled commercial service of the Boeing 737 MAX Jets on March 5, 2020.

“American Airlines remains in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation and Boeing. Based on the latest guidance, American anticipates that the resumption of scheduled commercial service on American’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will occur March 5, 2020. Once the aircraft is certified, American expects to run exhibition flights, or flights for American team members and invited guests only, prior to March 5,” American Airlines said in a statement.

The airline had previously canceled service on the 737 MAX through Jan. 15.

The planes will be gradually phased into commercial services throughout the month of March, the airline said.

American said details regarding policies and procedures for customers who do not wish to fly on the MAX planes will be released in the coming weeks.

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

Boeing management acknowledged that in both cases, on board the aircraft, before they crashed, there was a malfunction in the maneuverability improvement system. After that, many countries, including Russia, the United States and the European Union, for safety reasons, suspended the operation of aircraft of this series. American Airlines and many other carriers said they would temporarily not use aircraft.

Earlier on Friday, Southwest Airlines again pushed back the return of its Boeing 737 MAX jets as Boeing tries to fix the aircraft following two deadly crashes.

Southwest said that it will keep its MAX out of its schedule until March 6, about a month longer than previously planned, citing continued uncertainty.

Without the planes, Southwest says it will cancel about 175 flights each weekday.

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