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Before 737 MAX Returns to Service, Airlines Plan to Show It Is Safe

Airlines aren?t leaving it to Boeing Co. and the Federal Aviation Administration to reassure travelers the 737 MAX will be safe to fly. They are devising plans to conduct their own demonstration flights with senior company officials on board to amplify that message.

As regulators consider allowing the jetliners to resume service, eight months after they were grounded world-wide following two deadly accidents, U.S. airlines intend to put the MAX back in the air initially without passengers.

The plans by all three domestic MAX operators partly reflect concerns by airline officials about the need to shore up pilot and passenger confidence in the fleet, according to government and industry officials familiar with the matter.

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