• 12/10/2020 1:00 PM
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Boeing 737 Max makes its first commercial flight after being grounded for almost 2 years

After getting approval from the regulators last month, the 737 Max made its return to the skies yesterday. Brazilian Airline GOL lead the way, being the first in the world to use it in its commercial operation after being grounded since March 2019

According to Associated Press, the Brazilian airline was the first in the world to return the 737 Max 8 to its operation yesterday, on a morning flight from Sao Paulo to Porto Alegre. As its possible to see in the image below, this particular aircraft – one of the seven owned by Gol – seems to be already in full-operation, with already 9 flights in total since its re-introduction

Still according to Associated Press, costumers who don’t wish to fly on this particular model, can ask the airline to exchange their tickets.

Several passengers at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport were surprised to learn they had traveled on a 737 Max aircraft, though it was marked on their ticket. Others were aware.

I was a bit apprehensive but my husband is a pilot, so I asked him. He said it was fine, said Lucelyn Jockyman, who texted her mother before takeoff. “If anything happens, look after my dogs please!” she joked.

With approval from regulators, both in the USA and Europe, it’s possible that  many other airlines start to follow GOL’s lead. For example, American Airlines is projection the introduction of the Max on its active fleet on December 29.

The MAX is one of the most efficient aircraft in aviation history and the only one to undergo a complete recertification process, Gol’s chief executive officer, Paulo Kakinoff, said in a statement earlier this week.

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