A senior official from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or (EASA) said the controversial 737 MAX aircraft will be able to return to the skies before the end of the year in reference to his agency’s announcement Friday who considered the Boeing 737 MAX sufficiently safe (safe to fly). The plane was modified for this after two accidents that killed 346 airlines Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines.
A draft directive (AD) is expected to be presented next month, but no exact date has yet been provided for a return to service in European skies. After the test flights carried out last September by the European regulator and practically the approval of the FAA and his boss who had taken control of the re-motorized single-aisle but still grounded since March 2019, the horizon seems to be clearing a little more for the 737 MAX. EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said on October 16, 2020 in an interview with Bloomberg, ” Our analysis shows that it is safe, and that the level of security achieved is high enough for us “.
However, the medium-haul aircraft will still have to provide some other modifications as proof of goodwill before it can carry passengers on commercial flights. In particular, it will have to wait until November to receive its “agreement” or airworthiness certificate from EASA. In addition to Europe, Boeing will also have to convince the United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) that it is ready and that it has fulfilled the safety requirements for passenger transport, which is not a given. , the FAA having to redeem itself from its first disappointment, the initial certification, which in fine proved fatal if one can put it that way. There is no doubt that the FAA will resist.
The European agency is now reviewing documents ahead of a draft airworthiness directive (AD), which it plans to publish in November. There will then be four weeks of public comments (from professionals), before the publication of an AD allowing the MAX to take off again on the Old Continent. Boeing, which was forced to slow down
significantly its production rates, expects a lot from the green light from the FAA and EASA to relaunch its industrial activity. The immobilization of the planes could burden its accounts of more than 20 billion dollars (17 billion euros), according to estimates of experts in aeronautics. Patrick Ky, however, clarified that some minor technical corrections (AES requirement) should be made in addition to having to train pilots to the new technical characteristics of the B737 MAX and this should take ” 20 to 24 months “.