Brazilian airline first to resume Boeing 737 MAX flights

Boeing 737 MAX is back in the skies.

 

Brazil’s Gol Transportes AΓ©reos has become the first airline to resume commercial flights with the Boeing 737 MAX.

 

Flight 4104 from Sao Paulo to the southern city of Porto Alegre took off on Wednesday using the controversial jet, ahead of other airlines planning its comeback.

 

Gol made no fanfare for the 76-minute flight, simply releasing a statement saying: “For the past 20 months, we have been carrying out the most intensive safety review in the history of commercial aviation.

 

“Safety comes first and foremost.”

 

Gol plans for its seven 737 MAX aircraft to all return by the end of the year. The airline has a further 95 on order with Boeing.

 

The aircraft had been grounded worldwide since March 2019 following two fatal crashes that killed a total of 346 passengers and crew.

 

Faulty sensors and a design flaw that repeatedly pushed down the nose of the plane were blamed for the two incidents, which Boeing assures has now been fixed.

 

American Airlines is expected to be the next carrier to restart flights with the aircraft on December 29.