The first U.S. commercial aircraft of Boeing’s complex 737 MaxJet took off from Miami to New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday morning, almost two years after the plane landed worldwide.
A later in March 2019 Max was banned A Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October 2018 killed 189 people Five months later a The Ethiopian Airlines crash also killed 157 people aboard the ship.
American Airlines Flight 718 took off from Miami International Airport at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The airline also plans to return from Miami to New York by January 4, before adding more routes.
In September, an investigative report from the House of Representatives blamed the crash Boeing and Federal Aviation Administration For their “continuous and severe failures”.
The crashes were “the culmination of a series of misguided technical assumptions by Boeing’s engineers, a lack of transparency by Boeing’s management and insufficient oversight by the FAA.” The congressional report said.
FAA executive Steve Dixon, who flew the plane in September Told CNBC Last month he had “100 percent confidence” in the refurbished 737 Max.
However, not all travelers share that hope. A new Reuters / Ipsos poll shows that 57 percent of Americans say so They are unlikely to fly the Boeing 737 Max when the history of the aircraft is told.
Passengers on all Max flights in the United States will be given advance warning, with the option to re-register, the airline said.
“Our promise to any customer who flies over us is that if you go on the 737 Max and you don’t want to fly, we’re going to let you change,” said David Seymour, CEO of American Airlines. .
It may take some time to regain public confidence, said Mike Urban, who flew from Baltimore to Miami to pick up the first plane, especially on a refurbished jet.
“I think it will take a long time,” he told NBC News. “I think people will eventually regain confidence, and it might even take the renaming of the aircraft.”
Boeing is still facing dozens of misdemeanor deaths by affected families in connection with safety issues that led to the crash. Families of Ethiopian crash victims Stressed Controllers landing planes after new revelations were added to a Senate Business Council report released Friday A series of failures In Boeing’s restructuring efforts.
“It is annoying that American Airlines is rewarding Boeing for the corruption and catastrophic process that led to Max,” said Yelena Lopez Lewis, whose husband Antoine Luis died in an Ethiopian airline crash.
Earlier this month, Brazilian airline Cole became the world’s first carrier to fly modified aircraft.
United Airlines plans to reintroduce the Max from February 11, and Southwest, the largest operator of 737 Max jets, plans to re-launch the jet as “not in the second quarter of 2021”.
“We will never forget the lives lost in the two tragic accidents that led to the decision to suspend operations,” said Boeing CEO David Calhoun. Said in a statement in November. “These events and the lessons we have learned as a result have transformed our organization and made us more focused on the core values of safety, quality and integrity.”
American Airlines has ordered the addition of 76 MaxJet aircraft to its current 24 737 Max aircraft.