European Union aviation watchdog sees Boeing 737 Max approval in January

UAE to announce return schedule for Boeing 737 MAX 'in timely manner'

Europe's aviation safety regulator believes the Boeing 737 MAX is safe after a lengthy safety review and expects to clear the aircraft for commercial flights in January, its top official said in remarks broadcast on Saturday.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said in a statement Wednesday that Canada will impose different requirements than the US before it lifts the grounding orders for the plane, including additional procedures on the flight deck and pre-flight and differences in training for flight operators. 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.


Southwest Airlines, which relied more heavily on the 737 Max than rival US carriers, stands to benefit significantly from Boeing's return to the sky, according to the Swiss bank UBS. "We will not automatically allow the aircraft to fly just because the FAA says so". "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". They also placed tight-knit FAA relations with Boeing under scrutiny.

He said EASA would change some of its own methods and take a more detailed role in analysing critical features in foreign jets. Until now, one primary regulator certifies a plane and others mainly follow suit after varying degrees of independent checks. "Whether people are, in turn, reassured is a different question", Kelly said. Boeing is developing the 777X, a larger version of its 777. FAA chief Steve Dickson played down any differences last week, saying there was "very little daylight" between regulators and that the FAA worked closely with Europe, Canada and Brazil.

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