American Airlines plans to bring the Boeing 737 Max back into service for passenger flights later this year.
Return-to-service dates are “heavily dependent” on recertification by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airline said Sunday. The Max has been stopped around the world since March 2019 following two incidents that killed 364 people.
American said that after certification, it will gradually enter the 737 Max, starting with a daily 737 Max flight once a day between Miami and New York, starting December 29 through January 4. It will also consider extending flights beyond that time period.
“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process and will continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” the company said in a statement.
The new flight list will be available for booking as early as Oct. 24 and customers will be notified that they will be flying a Max, the airline said.
The announcement follows the US cut of 9,000 jobs after requests for further federal coronavirus aid failed. The airline is also expected to report earnings on Oct.22. In the first half of the year, the company lost $ 5 billion, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to weigh on the aviation sector.
In early October, the FAA released a draft of the proposed pilot training for the Max – just one of the half-dozen procedural steps the agency has determined that will need to be completed before giving airlines final approval fly the plane again. On Friday, the European Aviation Safety Agency confirmed that it is also getting close to making it all clear. But it will still take over a month to complete the final approval.