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Czech airline group Smartwings returns Boeing 737 MAX to service

Christian Fernsby |
Air carrier Smartwings has resumed flights with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

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The first 737 MAX has been deployed yesterday for Smartwings flight QS1152 to Málaga, Spain, taking off from Prague at 16:20.

This has been the first commercial flight with passengers since March 2019 when all Boeing 737 MAX airliners were grounded globally.

Prior to their deployment, the aircraft underwent all required upgrades and checks, and the airline conducted a test flight without passengers. Smartwings has seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes in its fleet and would like to make other six of them operational before the start of the summer season.

“Safety of the passengers and the crew is our utmost priority. No other aircraft has ever undergone such thorough safety inspections as Boeing 737 MAX in the history of aviation. We believe that trust in this aircraft will be restored very soon,” says Roman Vik, Board member and CEO, Smartwings.

Smartwings is planning to deploy Boeing 737 MAX planes for flights originating from Prague, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, and Bratislava heading for the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, UAE, Oman, Morocco, Portugal, and other destinations.

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