Delta hints at the possibility of purchasing Boeing's 737 MAX

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2020

The decision to rescind its grounding order follows a 20-month review by the FAA of the 737 Max, which has been grounded since March 2019, after crashes in 2018 and 2019 killed 346 passengers in total.

The FAA said it must approve pilot training changes for each USA airline and airlines must perform required maintenance on the planes. The UAE carrier flydubai is a major buyer of the narrow-body plane.

"We wanted to carry out a totally independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we performed our own checks and flight tests", Executive Director Patrick Ky told the Paris Air Forum, an online aviation conference hosted by La Tribune. "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 CEO of Boeing's largest European customer, Ryanair, has said that the airline is not now looking to order additional 737 MAX jets from Boeing, but that it expects opportunities to acquire cheap aircraft to appear over time and that it will capitalise on such opportunities at some stage.

"We've started preparing measures that will allow its return to service", Ky said.

"We believe, based on very sound facts and judgment, that it is a very safe airplane", Kelly said.

The crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia triggered a slew of investigations faulting Boeing for poor design and the FAA for lax oversight. "I won't go into details as it is not up to me to do that".

He said EASA would change some of its own methods and take a more detailed role in analysing critical features in foreign jets.

"What will change for sure is the way we certify Boeings", the European Union aviation regulator chief said Saturday. It could also lead to other approvals, as regulators in other territories have said they'll follow EASA's lead. "Whether people are, in turn, reassured is a different question", Kelly said.

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