American Airlines Says It Plans to Resume Flying the Boeing 737 Max in January

The plan was involved in 2 deadly crashes in a year

Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes
Boeing's Max 8 was grounded in March after 2 crashes. Getty Images
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American Airlines announced today it plans to resume flights with the Boeing 737 Max in January.

In a statement today, the company said it expects the beleaguered airplane, responsible for two crashes within the past year, to be back in its scheduled rotation by Jan. 16.

“American Airlines anticipates that the impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX will lead to recertification of the aircraft later this year and resumption of commercial service in January 2020,” the company said in the statement. “We are in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).”

The plane has been grounded by the FAA since March after the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in the deaths of 346 passengers and crew members.

In its statement, American said it “expects to slowly phase in the MAX for commercial service and will increase flying on the aircraft throughout the month and into February.”

The airline said it has not released its policies and procedures regarding customers who may feel uncomfortable flying on the Max.

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