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737 MAX to Resume Operations

American Airlines will return the Boeing 737 MAX to service December 29 with a once daily flight between New York City and Miami.  While Federal Aviation Administration approval is still under consideration, the MAX has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency, which says the airplane is now safe and expects the aircraft to begin flying again in the European Union before the end of 2020.

The FAA has not issued a hard timeline on when the airliner will be approved for return to service, though the test flying appears to have concluded in North America, and the FAA has updated its training protocols for the MAX to include model-specific simulator training.

“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process, and we’ll continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” American Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Jantz said. 

American will alert travelers that they will be flying on a 737 MAX and will rebook any passengers who are hesitant to fly on this aircraft.  American Airlines has 24 of the 737 MAX jets in its fleet.