Published: Thu, January 21, 2021

Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly again in Europe from next week

Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly again in Europe from next week

The Ministry said it will complete the final step of the process to clear the aircraft on Wednesday by lifting a notice to airmen banning commercial flights of the MAX in Canada.

Ryanair now has 210 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order.

The Boeing 737 Max will be allowed to resume flights in Europe next week, the head of the European aviation safety agency has said. Next week, the flight ban on aircraft that have been on the ground for almost two years will be lifted for safety reasons.

In those disasters involving planes of Indonesian Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, 346 people were killed. New pilot training requirements were also issued.

On Monday, Transport Canada announced the aircraft has completed its almost two-year review and issued an "airworthiness directive" which outlined the "required modifications to be made to the aircraft prior to a return to service in Canadian airspace".

Transport Canada had prohibited 737 MAX aircraft from operating in Canada since March 2019 due to their involvement in two tragic accidents, having identified several safety issues with the aircraft's software and hardware.

Boeing admitted in court filings that two of its technical pilot experts deceived the U.S. FAA about a flight-control system called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, that could point a plane's nose down if sensors indicated the plane might be in danger of an aerodynamic stall - that it might fall from the sky.

American Airlines operated the first commercial 737 MAX flight since its grounding, carrying passengers from Miami to New York's LaGuardia Airport in late December.

Alghabra says the agency has spent well over 15,000 review hours on the Boeing 737 MAX.

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