Brazillian Airline GOL is currently operating the first Boeing 737 MAX flight with paying passengers since the aircraft type was grounded in March 2019. One of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, registered as PR-XMB, departed from Sao Paulo at 08:41 local time. It is expected to land in Porto Alegre at around 10:00.
In November, the FAA ungrounded Boeing’s 737 MAX, paving the way for US carriers to look towards resuming passenger operations. So far, Brazil has been the only other country to have followed the FAA in reversing the ban. However, others are due to follow.
The flight details
Despite the United States being the first to unground the 737 MAX, Brazil’s GOL became the first airline to return the type to service. Flight G3 4104 is scheduled from Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) to Porto Alegre in the country’s south.
The flight was due to depart from Sao Paulo at 08:20. After a short 21 minute delay, the aircraft took off into the sky at 08:41. Despite the delayed departure, FlightRadar24.com data suggests that the aircraft will land on time at 10:00.
A look at the aircraft
The first passenger 737 MAX flight comes just a day after Boeing delivered its first 737 MAX aircraft since the type’s ungrounding. GOL used PR-XMB for today’s flight. According to data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft was delivered to GOL in August 2018, making it 2.3 years old.