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American Airlines says it will resume flights with Boeing's 737 Max jets in January

[2019.10.09, Wed 21:05] American Airlines will resume flights with Boeing's 737 Max jets in January 2020. Anticipating this, American says it expects to "Slowly phase in the MAX for commercial service" starting January 16th, and will "Increase flying on the aircraft throughout the month and into February." The FAA ordered the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max jets after two deadly crashes in October 2018 and March 2019 that killed a total of 346 people. Both crashes have been linked to a piece of software that Boeing had installed on the 737 Max known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. The software helped the plane compensate for the design of the aircraft. In an SEC filing, American Airlines says its fleet currently includes 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft with an additional 76 aircraft on order. American had canceled flights through September 3rd, but after the FAA discovered a new problem with the aircraft's flight computer, it opted to push the aircraft's return to service until later in the fall. "It will be imperative that my members are assured of the complete safety of this aircraft before taking it back up in the air," said Lori Bassani, national president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents 28,000 flight attendants at American Airlines.
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