TUI has completed the first European passenger flight of the Boeing 737 MAX since the type was ungrounded by EASA last month. The airline flew a three-year-old 737 MAX 8 from Brussels to Malaga this morning.
While 737 MAX flights were quick to resume in North and South America after the FAA ungrounded the type, it has taken slightly longer for the aircraft to return to the skies on the other side of the pond. However, with EASA and the CAA having rescinded their grounding orders, the way has been cleared for European MAX operators to resume flights.
TUI Resumes MAX operations
Today, European holiday carrier TUI resumed 737 MAX flights, making it the first in Europe to do so. The airline group used its oldest aircraft for the flight registered as OO-MAX, operated by the group’s Belgian subsidiary, TUI Airlines Belgium.
According to data from RadarBox.com, the aircraft was due to depart from Brussels (BRU) at 09:30CET. However, it was faced with a short 13-minute delay, getting airborne at 09:43. The aircraft flew for two hours and 31 minutes before landing in Malaga at 12:14, one minute ahead of schedule. During the flight, the aircraft cruised at a height of 39,000 feet, passing through Belgian, French, and Spanish airspace.
OO-MAX took its first flight on January 4th, 2018, according to data from planespotters.net. The plane was delivered to the airline towards the end of January 2018, named Tenerife Alegria. Since the MAX was grounded, it has been in storage at Brussels Airport. However, preparing for the flight took a test flight over Belgium and Luxemburg on Monday. You can read the requirements to return the MAX to service in Europe in our previous reporting.