After a standoff with global regulators, management turmoil and a massive safety review, Boeing Co BA.N is set to win U.S. approval on Wednesday to resume flights of its grounded 737 MAX.
Boeing 737 MAX Set to Be Cleared to Fly Again, but Covid-19 Has Sapped Demand
In addition to rescinding the order that grounded the aircraft, the FAA today published an Airworthiness Directive (PDF) specifying design changes that must be made before the aircraft returns to service, issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC), and published the MAX training requirements. (PDF) These actions do not allow the MAX to return immediately to the skies. The FAA must approve 737 MAX pilot training program revisions for each U.S. airline operating the MAX and will retain its authority to issue airworthiness certificates and export certificates of airworthiness for all new 737 MAX aircraft manufactured since the FAA issued the grounding order. Furthermore, airlines that have parked their MAX aircraft must take required maintenance steps to prepare them to fly again.
The commercial flight restrictions for the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Canadian airspace remain in effect and will not be lifted until the department is fully satisfied that all its safety concerns have been addressed, and that enhanced flight crew procedures and training are in place in Canada.
EASA to come at end of month
First Max out of storage refurb in Tulsa from @americanair.
We will begin with non-commercial flights in early December before the official return to service date to demonstrate that the 737 MAX is as safe as every plane we fly at American.
American is planning offer some customers a chance after Thanksgiving to see the aircraft in person at airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, LaGuardia and Miami, with the participation of pilots and mechanics. Pilots can also answer customer questions through calls and video messages, the company said.
"They're the ones that ... really have the credibility to explain the Max," said Alison Taylor, American's chief customer officer, in the employee town hall.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its first airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 737 MAX built since March 2019, the agency said on Tuesday.
The FAA separately last week approved an American Airlines training plan for pilots to resume 737 MAX flights, the agency and airline confirmed. That approval clears the way for American to resume MAX flights starting Dec. 29 once it completes required tests and software upgrades to parked planes.
Boeing has no intention to stop calling its latest 737 the “Max”.
The company’s chief executive David Calhoun dismissed that suggestion during a 3 December press conference.
“There is no rebranding going on,” he said. “There’s nothing cute going on.”
Calhoun made that comment after Boeing announced that longtime customer Ryanair had ordered another 75 Max – all of them 737 Max 8-200 variants.
The first delivery of a Boeing 737 MAX in 21 months is due to take off from Boeing Field in less than half an hour (EDIT: now, 5 minutes).
It's a United 737 MAX 9.
Details from Flightaware: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL2703
MAX is Back: @VoeGOLoficial #737MAX 8 PR-XMB airborne ex-GRU e/r POA on world's first revenue flight since grounding
itripreport wrote:I don't have any links to post this, but according to their website, Aeromexico is now set to become the second airline worldwide to restart 737 MAX operations, operating MEX-CUN on December 21st
REDHL wrote:Aeromexico will resume 737 MAX services from December 21st:
https://www.aerotime.aero/26689-aeromex ... ax-flights
https://paxex.aero/2020/12/aeromexico-7 ... -december/
According to Paxex.aero website, AM's MAX 8s will be deployed in the following routes:
MEX - CUN (AM 512, AM 546, and AM 528)
CUN - MEX (AM 531 and AM 547)
CUN - TIJ (AM 194)
TIJ - MEX (AM 173)
MEX - TIJ (AM 194)
Is also expected that the MEX-MTY route will also be served by the MAX by December 27th.
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