It is an important day for aircraft manufacturer Boeing: the troubled 737 Max resumes commercial flights in the United States on Tuesday, after the aircraft has been grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.
Many American passengers seem to have forgotten both accidents, in which a total of 346 people were killed. Only 39% of them seem to remember the crashes with aircraft from Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines.
When they are reminded of the disaster flights, 57% say they are unlikely to get into a 737 Max soon, according to a poll by Reuters news agency. A large proportion of potential passengers say they will look the other way for the first six months.
American Airlines, which will conduct the first scheduled flight between the cities of Miami and New York on Tuesday, promises to redirect customers to a flight conducted with a different type of aircraft, if they so request. Previously, the company proposed to give a tour of customers, who can ask questions of pilots and engineers who have experience with the aircraft.
Air carriers reinstating the 737 Max are obliged to make the design changes. Pilots also need to be re-trained before they can take the plane to the air.
Other major American Airlines do not start flying again until February or later. In Brazil, the Max is already flying again. In Europe, the flight ban is expected to be lifted in January.