Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GCAA), said that UAE carriers have frozen and delayed indefinitely receiving previous orders from Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 until they find solutions. Especially restart these aircraft completely safely by the company.
Al Suwaidi told Emirates Today that the delivery was postponed on the basis of an agreement between the UAE carriers and the US Boeing Company, stressing that the UAE airlines are not ready to take over the planes and not operate them indefinitely. Aircraft, because the companies' delivery of the aircraft, and their use ceased, would have led the American company to pay compensation to the operators in this case.
He stressed the continued ban on the use of aircraft «Boeing 737 Max 8» and «Max 9» in the airspace by the General Authority for Civil Aviation indefinitely, pointing out that the ball in the court of the company «Boeing». He said that the UAE is still awaiting corrective steps by Boeing regarding the defects in the Max 8 and Max 9 in order to evaluate them and make the appropriate decision.
Al-Suwaidi added that the renewal of dealings with the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 depends on the manufacturer's success in providing convincing solutions to the problems suffered by the aircraft of these two models, reiterating that the ban will not be lifted until fully verified Boeing's solutions will bring complete safety and security to its aircraft, test, evaluate and verify their efficiency, as well as check for previous defects in the aircraft.
He pointed out that «Civil Aviation» continues to monitor the situation and assess the situation constantly, in line with the application of the highest standards of security and safety of passengers in the country.
The UAE was one of the first countries in the world to ban Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 overflights following an Ethiopian airline crash that killed all 157 people on board in the second such incident. The same model over a short period.