AA Offers Employees Advance Rides on Updated 737 MAX

It isn’t just the traveling public that may have concerns about stepping aboard the Boeing 737 MAX when it returns to service in the U.S. in late December. Acknowledging that its own employees may also have doubts about the aircraft which recently received Federal Aviation Administration clearance to again operate passenger flights ater two fatal accidents overseas resulted in the deaths of 364 people, the Ft. Worth-based carrier has announced that it will operate five charter flights in December for company staff.

On December 2, the company has invited reporters, select employees and executives to participate in a round-trip between Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) and American’s Tulsa, Oklahoma maintenance base, where some of its 737 MAX aircraft are being prepared to return to service.

One-hour charter flights for employees are scheduled for December 3 at DFW, December 8 and 17 in Miami (MIA), and December 9 and 17 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

The 737 MAX is scheduled to return to American’s schedule from December 29 through January 4, with one daily round-trip between Miami and LaGuardia airports. Its pilots began required updated computer-based training on November 27, with December 3 being the first day of simulator training for new inflight procedures.

A worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX was in place for 20 months prior to the FAA approval, but the aircraft has not yet been cleared to operate in Canada, Europe, and other parts of the world. Boeing is hopeful that those approvals will follow in the first half of 2021.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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