The European Aviation Authority is to re-launch the EASA complex Boeing 737 MAX into European airspace. Next week, the ban will be lifted for aircraft that have been on the ground for nearly two years for safety reasons. Says Issa CEO Patrick Guy.
Flying with the MAX has been banned since March 2019 because two fatal accidents with that type of aircraft occurred within a short period of time. In those disasters involving planes of Indonesian Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, 346 people were killed.
After the investigation, the disaster was caused by a failed security system, which accidentally pushed the nose of the plane down. Subsequently, the US regulator FAA was also severely criticized because the company did not adequately verify Boeing, thus failing to guarantee the safety of passengers.
The United States and Brazil lifted the embargo in November last year. In Canada, the plane is allowed to fly again from Wednesday. ISA had already said in November that it expects European recognition “from mid-January.”
In the Netherlands, the tour operator holds the TUI aircraft in its fleet. Before the two disasters, the 737 MAX was one of Boeing’s best-selling aircraft in the US. Before modified MAX devices can be allowed to rebroadcast, a number of changes are required. In addition to software updates, this includes additional training for pilots and manual adjustment.