Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX9 resumes flight

NEW YORK: Alaska Airlines gradually 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 aircraft, the company said.

The first trip was flight 1146 from Seattle to San Diego, which left 90 minutes past its scheduled 2.20pm departure time and arrived in California at 6.14pm.

The voyage comes after the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday announced a maintenance and inspection program to clear the MAX 9 to resume service.

Alaska Airlines said it expects inspections on its fleet of 65 MAX 9 planes to be completed by the end of next week, allowing for a resumption of its schedule.

“Each of our 737-9 MAX will return to service only after the rigorous inspections are completed and each plane is deemed airworthy according to FAA requirements,” the company said.

“The individual inspections are expected to take up to 12 hours per aircraft.”

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