The Boeing 737 Max jet was officially grounded in 2019 after two fatal controversial crashes with no survivors. Today marks the first U.S. commercial flight of a Boeing 737 Max jet in two years since the airplane model was grounded worldwide.
The Boeing 737 Max jet was banned from flight in March 2019 following two fatal crashes of the Lion Air that crashed in Indonesia in October 2018 (189 fatalities) and five months later Ethiopian Airlines crashed (157 fatalities). The frequency of the crashes caused concern in the aviation industry leading to the grounding of the 737 Max.
LOOK: Boeing's 737 Max returns to U.S. commercial service with its first flight since 2 deadly crashes prompted its grounding.
Here, the aircraft takes off from Miami International Airport to New York’s LaGuardia Airport pic.twitter.com/RmmgCRdOqW
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Boeing ensured the aviation industry and travelers that they will be working on reviewing the Max 737 to fix any issues as well as upgrade more safety features. American Airline was the first to fly the Max 737 since grounding with Flight 718 departing Miami International Airport at 10:30 a.m. to Baltimore.
American Airlines plans to fly the Max 737 from Miami to New York and back with the consideration of adding more flight dates starting January 4. The chief operating officer of American Airlines David Seymour discloses, “Our promise to any customer that flies on us is that if you get on the 737 Max and you don’t want to fly, we’re going to allow you to change.”
American Airlines acknowledges it will take time for travelers to regain the trust of flying the jet with the former tarnished reputation. Seymour explains it will take a long time for flyers to regain the trust of flying a 737 Max and has considered rebranding the aircraft.