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.