Europe is set to lift its flight ban on the Boeing 737 MAX passenger jetliner in January after US regulators last week ended a 20-month grounding triggered by two fatal crashes. USA commercial flights are due to resume in late December. The UAE carrier flydubai is a major buyer of the narrow-body plane. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has decided that more needs to be done, than what has been determined by the FAA, to make the Max safe and will come out with its own list of to-dos that Boeing must achieve before European airlines can start flying the aircraft again. "It's likely that, in our case, we'll adopt the decisions that will allow us to put it back in service in the course of January".
The move came after numerous United States congressional hearings on the crashes that led to criticism of the FAA for lax oversight and Boeing for rushing to implement a new software system that put profits over safety and ultimately led to the firing of its CEO.
Canada will not immediately follow the U.S.in allowing the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to return to Canadian airspace.
"But at the moment it's just the.existing order that we have", he said.
The crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia triggered a slew of investigations faulting Boeing for poor design and the FAA for lax oversight. "It is clear that there were a number of dysfunctions in (FAA) actions and their relations with Boeing", Ky said. "The FAA is in the process of putting in place corrective measures".
Ryanair has said that it expects to take delivery of its first 30 MAX jets by next summer. It could also lead to other approvals, as regulators in other territories have said they'll follow EASA's lead. "No, I don't think so; we will do things differently", Ky said.
While the decision is a huge win for Boeing itself, the Chicago-based company also draws revenue from sales of larger commercial jetliners and its military-contracting businesses.