The Boeing 737 MAX will make its first public demonstration flight with members of the media since it was put on the ground this Wednesday, as one of its biggest customers, American Airlines, seeks to prove that it is safe for passengers.
The flight from the airline’s base in Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrives weeks before the airline’s first commercial flight scheduled for December 29, and is part of a public relations effort by the manufacturer and airlines to rehabilitate the plane’s image after a record 20-month ban, Reuters reported.
This Wednesday’s flight marks the first time that anyone other than regulators and industry personnel has flown the MAX since its grounding.
Brazilian company Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes is planning a similar high-profile event for the MAX this month, hoping to make its first commercial flights in the coming weeks.
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