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MIAMIAmerican Airlines made the first commercial flight with the Boeing 737 MAX on Dec 29 nearly two years after the type was grounded globally by the local civil aviation authorities.

American Airlines Flight 718 took off Miami International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport at 1 p.m., slightly ahead of schedule.

The airline plans to fly the Max from Miami to New York and back through Jan. 4 before adding more routes.

“We've been engaged with the FAA, with Boeing, with everybody that's associated with the aircraft to ensure that safety is held at the highest level," Robert Isom, president of American Airlines, told reporters on Tuesday. "This aircraft has been checked out from top to bottom.”

American Airlines is the third carrier globally to resume flights on the jets after Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Aeromexico.

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its grounding order for the aircraft last month. Boeing has implemented several updates to the plane, particularly to the flight control system linked to the crashes. And officials have stressed the aircraft is safe to fly.

The Max was grounded worldwide in March of 2019 after 346 people were killed in two crashes, one in Indonesia and the other in Ethiopia.
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