Boeing 737 MAX: the European regulator authorizes its return to service "next week"

A Boeing 737 MAX in flight.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will authorize "next week" the return to flight of the Boeing 737 MAX, after modifications made to the aircraft following two accidents which claimed the lives of 346 people, announced , Tuesday January 19, the director of the European regulator, Patrick Ky.


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We expect to publish the airworthiness directive next week.

The MAX will be able, from our point of view, to fly again (in Europe, editor's note) from next week

 ”, explained Patrick Ky during a press conference by video with the German aeronautical press association Luftfahrt -Press Club (LPC).

We have reached the stage where our four prerequisites have been fulfilled", continued Patrick Ky, citing "the good understanding of what had happened

 ", the fact that " 

all the factors which contributed to the accidents are resolved

 ", that a number of "




can be verified by EASA itself and that pilots are " 

properly informed and trained


USA and Canada give their authorization

In November, the United States Aviation Agency (FAA), the primary certification body for an American aircraft, and then Brazilian authorities, gave the green light for the return to service.

Canada announced Monday that it would authorize the resumption of flights on its territory of the

Boeing 737 MAX

on Wednesday


► To read also: United States: the Boeing 737 MAX authorized to fly again

The authorization to fly in Europe for the 737 MAX means that Boeing, stunned by the setbacks of the last generation of its medium-haul and by the coronavirus crisis, will be able to resume its deliveries to the continent.

The manufacturer can therefore hope to improve its profitability, with customers paying most of the bill when they take possession of the planes.


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