FAST FIVE: American Airlines Launches First 737 MAX 8 Flight In 20 Months As Ryanair On Verge Of Big Order

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American Airlines Launches First 737 MAX 8 Flight In 20 Months As Ryanair On Verge Of Big Order Tyler Durden Wed, 12/02/2020 – 08:27 Amid reports that Ryanair is about to put in the first big order for the revamped Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, ending what has been a brutal sales drought that followed the two accidents that triggered the worldwide grounding of the jet, which has persisted for nearly two years.

9 and 15, which are open to American Airlines employees.

Wednesday's flight marks the first time anyone besides regulators and industry personnel have flown on the MAX since the grounding.

According to Reuters, Boeing is bracing for intense scrutiny of even routine glitches by manning a 24-hour “situation room” to monitor every MAX flight globally.

During the 20-month grounding, Boeing made modifications to its MCAS software, which, according to official investigations in the US and Ethiopia (where the second of two devastating crashes occurred), is believed to have played a major role in the incidents.

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