A successful test flight. The first commercial flight of a Boeing 737 MAX in twenty months landed in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil on Wednesday, AFP journalists on board reported, after 1.5 hours of an incident-free trip operated by the company Gol from Sao Paulo.
The aircraft has undergone modifications and extensive testing since two air disasters that killed a total of 346 people in 2018 and 2019, which resulted in a major crisis for Boeing.
The first commercial flight of a Boeing 737 MAX in 20 months, operated by the company Gol, landed today in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The aircraft has undergone several modifications and tests since the two air disasters that killed a total of 346 in 2018 and 2019 #AFP pic.twitter.com/qHLnWapBAE
– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) December 9, 2020
Flight 88% full
With seven crew members and a capacity of 186 passengers, the flight was 88% full, according to a flight attendant. Most travelers didn’t know they were on a Boeing 737 MAX, let alone that it was the plane’s very first flight in 20 months.
Last November, the American authorities, then the Brazilian authorities, finally gave the green light for the return to service, after several modifications to the aircraft and the establishment of specific training for pilots.
Modifications were made in particular to the MCAS anti-stall system which had been involved in the two disasters.