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American Airlines Execs Will Be the Fixed MAX’s First Passengers

American Airlines Execs Will Be the Fixed MAX’s First Passengers
Jeff Edwards

American Airlines says management will be among the very first passengers to fly on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft once the jets are cleared to return to service. The move is intended to show confidence in the currently grounded planes and assuage customers’ misconceptions that the aircraft have serious design flaws.

According to Boeing, U.S. regulators could clear grounded 737 Max aircraft to return to the skies in a matter of weeks after the planes were grounded earlier this year. Convincing passengers to return to the cabins of 737 Max planes may not be quite as simple, but American Airlines has some ideas about how to get that ball rolling.

Airline officials told Bloomberg that airline executives will be among the very first passengers onboard once the planes are cleared for commercial flights. Spokesperson Ross Feinstein indicated that members of management are expected to be on flights which will ferry the currently grounded planes into position as well as many of the first flights carrying paying customers. “We’d like to get it flying again so when customers get on it, they realize it’s been flying potentially for weeks,” he explained.

After pushing the expected return of the 737 Max back several times, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says he is not only confident that the plane is safe, but that it will be ready for flights scheduled to take place later this summer. Parker has publicly stated that he believes concerns over the safety of the 737 Max have been overblown and has even suggested that grounding the plane in the first place was an overreaction to two recent air disasters involving the aircraft.

“We wouldn’t be selling seats today if we didn’t think it was a highly likely possibility that the aircraft will be flying by Sept. 3,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told Bloomberg’s Mary Schlangenstein.  “Once you see pilots from American, Southwest and United saying they’re taking the plane up because it’s safe to fly, it will be. They are exceptionally well trained, they are safety professionals.”


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  1. edgewood49

    June 13, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    well looks like it will be Christmas before he gets his ride and what a “controlled” environment that will be. No thanks to American and none to Max for a long time

  2. Lew1

    June 13, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Please include the Boeing executives in the first test flight.

  3. chipmaster

    June 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Publicity stunt, the 737Max did how many thousands of hours and takeoffs without any incidents? I am sure fore each of these publicity and confidence stunts with BA and every airline that does this they will have their best pilots and airplanes in tip top shape.

    What happens after lots of wear and tear on the max, in extreme say heat of Phoenix, taking off during the borderline high winds during summer months with maximum allowed passengers on the hottest day with minimum lift with a junior pilot who might then experience something that kicks the new software into a corner envelope nobody tested.

  4. cur


    June 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    what does heat in phx have to do with the ias issue?

  5. OZFLYER86

    June 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Boeing will rename the max aircraft & the day after they start flying again, 99% of passengers won’t even know what a max was.

  6. BC Shelby

    June 13, 2019 at 4:55 pm



  7. horseymike

    June 13, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    absolutely take the clowns from boeing along

  8. wijnands

    June 14, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Are these executives also going to fly cattle class?

  9. fotographer

    June 14, 2019 at 3:09 am

    wonder if they will be sitting in coach

  10. Boggie Dog

    June 14, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I’ll let American executives do their demonstration flights. Hope they survive. I will not be joining them.

  11. sfoeuroflyer

    June 14, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I would fly the MAX with zero worries. That aircraft has now been flyspecked like no other in the skies. And it will be flown by properly trained pilots when in the fleet of a US carrier. Those spouting fear are now just displaying their own lack of common sense and understanding.

  12. horseymike

    June 14, 2019 at 10:08 am

    you have more faith than I. a bad design is a bad design. end of story.

  13. Flying Still Better Over 500mi

    June 14, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    @sfoeuroflyer: I am right there with you. The plane did thousands of flights before the problem caused those accidents. The two accidents were with low hour pilots in at least one seat and not as well trained at that. Yes Boeing screwed the pooch by not putting enough emphasis on the potential over correction of the MCAS but now you can bet it’s safe as anything in the sky and possible safer.

  14. 757FO

    June 15, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Boeing CEO and executive team should be doing this, not it’s customers.

  15. cmd320

    June 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Wonder how many drinks Dougie will have before departure…

  16. Boggie Dog

    June 18, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Wondering what the new name will be when the Boeing 737 Max flies again?

    I suggest the Boeing CrashMatic!

    “Airbus (EADSY) and General Electric (GE) announced their first orders at the Paris Air Show Monday, while Boeing (BA) said it’s open to changing the 737 Max’s name.”

  17. Flight44

    June 23, 2019 at 8:09 am

    nice publicity stunt. Oh, well.

    I’d like to see them fly in the slave ship section, every other day, for about two months.


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