Air International 2021-02
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C.Sloan - MAXimising the trust
The demonstration flight lifts off from Dallas/Fort Worth bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma - a distance of approximately 235 miles
More than 64,000 man-hours have been spent maintaining American Airlines’ 24 MAX jets since the FAA issued its grounding order in March 2019
American Airlines’ 24-strong pre-grounding order fleet has since grown with more jets introduced during December and January
The media demonstration flight and subsequent tour of American Airlines’ Tulsa TechOps facility enabled members of the press to speak to those responsible for returning the carrier’s jets to service
More than 1,900 anti-deterioration engine runs have been completed since March 2019
Around 95 members of TechOps staff work on the MAX fleet each day
A rear view of the CFM International LEAP-1B engine that powers the Boeing 737 MAX
The media demonstration flight carried 140 passengers which included airline employees, stakeholders and members of the press
Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlines was the first airline to indicate an interest in a fourth-generation 737, ordering 100 in 2014
The author snapped a picture of the MAX’S wing in-flight - a view few will have seen for more than 20 months
The airline returned the type to fare-paying service on December 29, 2020 between Miami and New York's LaGuardia Airport
American’s Boeing 737 MAX 8s are fitted out in a two-class, 172-seat layout
It takes between four and six hours to update the MCAS software