Brazilian airline GOL became the first airline to resume commercial flights with Boeing B737 MAX since the grounding of the aircraft worldwide.
Brazil’s National Agency Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) joined with FAA for B737 MAX’s certification, so that the aircraft could return to the skies.
GOL is now flying the aircraft on selected domestic routes from São Paulo. The airline hopes to clear all seven of its MAX aircrafts to resume operations by the end of December,2020.
“Our first priority is always the safety of our customers. Over the past 20 months, we have watched the most comprehensive safety review in the history of commercial aviation unfold, bringing together regulatory agencies and airlines from around the world to monitor and contribute to the upgrades in aircraft systems and pilot training.”, commented Celso Ferrer, Vice President of Operations, GOL.
Before resuming operations of B737 MAX aircraft, the airline carried out a simulation training of 140 of its B737 MAX pilots in association with Boeing. In addition to that, the pilots completed a rigorous series of technical flights, which exceeded the requirements set out by aviation regulatory authorities.
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