WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – American Airlines Group plans to return Boeing 737 Max jets to passenger service later this year, depending on the aircraft’s certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it said on Sunday the airline.
American said it will operate a daily 737 Max flight between Miami and New York from December 29 through January 4, with flights available to book beginning October 24.
“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing about the certification process and will continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” the company said in a statement.
The FAA reiterated in a statement Sunday that it does not have a timetable for approving the aircraft’s return to service, saying it will “lift the order to stay on the ground only after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft is compliant with certification standards “.
The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two accidents left 346 people dead. The FAA had hoped to lift its order for the planes to be grounded in mid-November, sources informed on the matter told Reuters, but that date could still be delayed.
American Airlines said it will inform customers that they are flying in a 737 MAX.
(Report by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru and David Shepardson in Washington, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)