Yes, they haven’t even been recertified and American has already revealed a bunch of 737 MAX routes (based on the assumption that these planes will be flying by the end of the Summer).
So Will They Fly?
According to routes online, American Airlines latest schedule update has filed new Boeing 737 MAX 8 operating routes, scheduled in for the second half of 2019, pending on the latest development.
The OneWorld carrier tentatively plans to introduce the new 737 MAX plane to Medellin from September, and St. Maarten from December.
Miami – Medellin eff 04SEP19 1 daily
Miami – St. Maarten eff 18DEC19 1 of 2 daily
Planned 737 MAX 8 operation remains pending, although tentative resumption is listed as 19AUG19, Miami to Bridgetown (Barbados).
Should I Fly The B737 MAX?
Airline rumours suggest that the 737 MAX could be re-certified as soon as June. Doug Parker told the airline’s employees he’d be on the first of these Boeing planes when they take to the air once again. United’s CEO Oscar Munoz told media he’d take the first flight too.
Passengers are concerned about engineer strike action on American Airlines this summer, but many are more concerned about a B737 MAX rolling up to their departure gate. Many passengers don’t trust the FAA and don’t want to be faced with the question, should I get on?
If you don’t want to risk flying on a B737 MAX and if you don’t want to get caught up in strike action, it may be wise to avoid flying American for the summer. Southwest says they won’t charge passengers to change their flights to avoid the MAX once it goes back into service, so they look a pretty safe bet. Delta doesn’t fly any B737 MAX planes.
If you regularly read our blog you will know that one of our reporters flew on the doomed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX just before it crashed. He certainly didn’t have the foresight that it would fall out of the sky, even though the Lionair plane had crashed before he flew. He’s just one passenger who is not keen to get back onto one of these planes.
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