Published: Mon, November 23, 2020

European Union aviation watchdog sees Boeing 737 Max approval in January

European Union aviation watchdog sees Boeing 737 Max approval in January

The European Aviation Safety Agency has announced it will likely allow the Boeing 737 MAX's return to service in January after it has completed its own review of changes to the aircraft.

"We continue to work closely with EASA on all issues relating to the B737 Max and any EASA decision on a return to service".

"Over time one can see that there will be a way that aircraft are going to be cheaper.and we will capitalise on that at some stage,"Ryanair DAC chief executive Eddie Wilson said at the Skift Aviation Forum".

After almost two years and a pair of deadly crashes, the US Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Boeing's 737 Max for flight. India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was among the last few regulators to impose the ban.

The FAA said the plane's airworthiness certificate would allow deliveries and U.S. commercial flights to resume by the year's end - subject to pilot training being agreed. This shouldn't lead to longer certification processes, he said.

"Those regulators have indicated that Boeing's design changes, together with the changes to crew procedures and training enhancements, will give them the confidence to validate the aircraft as safe to fly in their respective countries and regions", the FAA said in a statement.

Publication of a so-called proposed airworthiness directive by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency would trigger a 28-day public consultation, putting the Max on track for final clearance by year-end or in early 2021.

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