Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA said it will be the first airline to resume regular flights with Boeing Co.’s 737 Max since safety officials lifted a lengthy grounding of the embattled jet last month.
Passenger service on the Max will begin Dec. 9 on domestic routes from Sao Paulo, the airline said in a statement late Monday. Gol has trained 140 of its pilots in the U.S., using simulator sessions and a new curriculum approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and ANAC, Brazil’s regulator, in the wake of two fatal Max crashes.
Boeing’s best-selling jetliner is due to make its return in the U.S. almost three weeks later when American Airlines Group Inc. relaunches Max service on flights connecting Miami with New York. Boeing is also closing in on another milestone, the first post-grounding delivery of a Max plane, with a handover to United Airlines Holdings Inc. likely this week.