Published on : Friday, December 18, 2020
Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA made it official that they will fly Boeing Co’s 737 MAX planes from Dec.9 and resume services on commercial routes in the domestic network. Gol further added that they wish that all of the seven 737 MAX aircraft in the fleet to be cleared to return fully to operation by the end of December.
This is a recent announcement from the GoI’s side after American Airlines Group Inc staged the 737 MAX’s first post-grounding flight with media on board, as carriers seek to demonstrate to passengers that the redesigned jet is safe after a 20-month safety ban.
The United States lifted the flight ban on the 737 MAX last month, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration made it official details of the software, system and training upgrades Boeing and airlines must complete before carrying passengers.
After the lifting of the ban, American Airlines had said it would return 737 MAX jets to passenger flights by the end of 2020, with a daily flight between Miami and New York City. Boeing’s best-selling jet was grounded in March 2019 after two crashes in five months killed a combined 346 people, marking the airline industry’s worst safety crisis in decades.
Gol, Brazil’s sole operator of the 737 MAX, said the first flights of the jet would be on routes to and from the company’s hub in Sao Paulo.