TULSA, Okla. — For the first time in nearly two years, a Boeing 737 MAX carrying passengers touched down at Tulsa International Airport on Wednesday.
The airline is flying its employees on The MAX before it begins flying paying customers on the plane in order to build confidence in the newly re-certified plane.
The Boeing 737 MAX planes were grounded in 2019 following a pair of crashes within five months of each other that resulted in a combined 346 deaths. The plane’s system was pushing the plane’s nose down while pilots were trying to get the plane to climb.
In November, the plane was re-certified for commercial flight again. American Airlines has previously stated it wants its employees to be confident in the modified plane because if their employees aren’t confident in its abilities, it will be difficult for the airline to expect its passengers to be also.
All of American’s MAX fleet has been parked in Tulsa since the plane was grounded, and the Tulsa base will now prepare more than a dozen of American’s planes for a return to regular service on some of the airline’s busiest routes.
The airline insists that passengers will know if they are booked on a MAX, and if they do not wish to fly on one, they will be rebooked at no charge.
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