Boeing Max Set for Key European Approval Step Next Week

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2020

"It is likely that in our case we will adopt the decisions, allowing it to return to service, some time in January".

On Wednesday, the US Federal Aviation Administration lifted a 20-month-old grounding order imposed after two fatal crashes that triggered cockpit design changes.

The move came after numerous USA 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.

European Union approval would mark a key milestone in Boeing's effort to return the Max to service outside the US, after the Federal Aviation Administration granted final clearance for the jet's return this week. The agency has said it expects to publish the proposed AD by the end of this month.

The FAA said the plane's airworthiness certificate would allow deliveries and USA commercial flights to resume by the year's end - subject to pilot training being agreed. In the United States, commercial flights are scheduled to start on December 29, just under six weeks after the FAA order was published on Nov 18. "I won't go into details as it is not up to me to do that. However, EASA also found that sufficient reason exists to require certain additional actions, deemed necessary to ensure safe operation of the affected aeroplanes, including pilot training", it says.

He said EASA would change some of its own methods and take a more detailed role in analysing critical features in foreign jets. It could also lead to other approvals, as regulators in other territories have said they'll follow EASA's lead.

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.

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