A Allied Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2019 in Burlingame, California.
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Unified Airlines returned the Boeing 737 Max to service on Thursday, the second U.S. carrier to bring back the plane after two white crashes prompted a worldwide grounding in 2019.
The Federal Aviation Administration in November lifted its 20-month grounding of the planes after Boeing sorted software and other safety changes to its bestselling plane. The resumption of deliveries last year was a relief for Boeing. The instructing of the planes starved it of cash, a crisis that was compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on jetliner demand.
United Split chase 1864, the carrier’s first Max passenger flight since the grounding, departed from its Denver hub and arrived in Houston at 11:23 a.m. Significant time. United has roughly 550 flights scheduled with the Max this month and about 2,000 for March. The Chicago-based airline ventured it expects to take delivery of 24 Max planes this year and had 14 in the fleet at the time of the March 2019 tutor.
American Airlines in December became the first U.S. carrier to return the planes to commercial service with flights out of its Miami hub. Brazilian shipper Gol last year was the world’s first airline to resume flights with the Max. Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines are scripting to start flying Max planes next month.