Boeing 737 Max: almost two years after the crashes, the unfortunate plane carried passengers

by Kelvin
Boeing 737 Max: almost two years after the crashes, the unfortunate plane carried passengers

It’s official, the Boeing 737 Max, grounded for many months after two dramatic accidents, took off again with passengers on board.

For Boeing, it’s the end of a long ordeal. As The Associated Press explained in an article published on December 9, the 737 Max aircraft has just been on commercial flight for the first time in just under two years. It was the Brazilian company Gol Airlines that gave the plane a chance first, with a route to São Paulo and Porto Alegre. The company will operate several scheduled flights with the 737 Max from December 18, knowing that passengers will have the right to refuse to board this model of aircraft.

  

It is recalled that the 737 Max had been grounded since March 2019 due to two successive crashes that claimed the lives of 346 people and that major flaws in the design were revealed. Boeing was forced to freeze production and suffered heavy financial losses. Last month, the U.S. Civil Aviation Administration cleared the Boeing 737 Max to return to operation. Until the trip provided by Gol Airlines, demonstration flights were organized to reassure safety. Last July, test flights took place.

The 737 Max back in the skies

If the 737 Max is indeed back in service, the airlines are not going to rush. In a statement released on November 18, American Airlines announced that it will first fly 737 Maxs without any passengers on board. A return from the sales department is expected at the end of the year. For its part, Southwest Airlines does not expect to use 737 Max under normal conditions before the second quarter of 2021. In short, there is still a long way to go.

“”, Testifies Lucelyn Jockyman, passenger on the flight from São Paulo. There is bound to be some reluctance in the months to come, but time will end up being beneficial for the 737 Max, provided it is truly gotten rid of its problems. The American Civil Aviation Administration (FAA) had targeted four points to rectify: updating the flight control software, revising the display processing software for generating alerts, new procedures to be followed by pilots and modification of the routing of certain cables in the aircraft.

In any case, the concerns were known internally. “”, Could one hear in the offices of Boeing.