NEW YORK: Alaska Airways step by step resumed flights with its Boeing 737 MAX 9 fleet on Friday (Jan 26), three weeks after a mid-flight blowout of a panel and emergency landing prompted sweeping inspections of the plane, the corporate stated.
The primary journey was flight 1146 from Seattle to San Diego, which left 90 minutes previous its scheduled 2.20pm departure time and arrived in California at 6.14pm.
The voyage comes after the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday introduced a upkeep and inspection program to clear the MAX 9 to renew service.
Alaska Airways stated it expects inspections on its fleet of 65 MAX 9 planes to be accomplished by the top of subsequent week, permitting for a resumption of its schedule.
“Every of our 737-9 MAX will return to service solely after the rigorous inspections are accomplished and every aircraft is deemed airworthy in line with FAA necessities,” the corporate stated.
“The person inspections are anticipated to take as much as 12 hours per plane.”