Boeing 737 MAX model planes are set to resume commercial flights for American Airlines Tuesday.
The MAX has been grounded in the US for nearly two years since March 2018 after two deadly crashes in five months killed 346 people. The jet was only approved to take to the skies last month by the Federal Aviation Administration after Boeing agreed to software upgrades and new safeguards on the flight control system linked to both fatal crashes.
The Tuesday morning flight will see the MAX travel from Miami to LaGuardia.
“We would have never brought this back if the pilots and flight attendants didn’t feel comfortable,” American Airlines COO David Seymour said at a media event earlier this month.
The MAX has already completed around 250 flights for Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Grupo Aeromexico this month.
American Airlines currently has 31 737 MAX aircraft after taking delivery of seven more jets since the FAA lifted its safety ban, including one on Monday and plans to gradually reintroduce the plane to its fleet.
Shares of Boeing were up 1.2 percent in pre-market trading Tuesday.
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