Resumption of flights for the Boeing 737 Max

  •   20/11/2020 - 08h33
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It had been two years since Boeing's 737 Max series aircraft had been unable to take off. Thus, since yesterday, we learned that this complicated period for the American manufacturer was perhaps coming to an end with the new flight authorization for these aircraft in the United States. Of course, these flights will only be able to resume after certain modifications have been made to the aircraft that have been grounded since March 2019 and before they can be put back into service.

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Resumption of flights for the Boeing 737 Max
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A permit to fly only in the United States?

It is thus nearly two years after several accidents causing the death of 346 passengers in less than 5 months and resulting in the complete stoppage of flights that the Boeing 737 Max will be able to resume service. The flights will initially concern only the American territory while the aeronautics sector is suffering the full consequences of the current Covid pandemic.

This Wednesday, November 18, the USA has indeed again authorized the aircraft of the American manufacturer to fly, but it will be necessary to carry out modifications on the aircraft before they are put back into service. Indeed, the FFA, or U.S. Federal Aviation Agency, which is the official air regulator in the United States, said in a statement yesterday that it has yet to approve the necessary training for pilots before the first flight of the Boeing 737 Max can take place.

Maintenance work will also be carried out on aircraft that have remained on the tarmac for nearly two years. Aircraft stored by the manufacturer will be examined by an FAA inspector before being delivered to customers. Among these customers is American Airlines, which has already scheduled a flight for the end of December.


A game-changing authorization:

This new flight authorization is of course great news for Boeing as the 737 Max was one of the group's best sellers before its setbacks. But this takeover will not take place internationally for the time being as the civil aviation authorities of other countries have decided to carry out more checks on their side.

The U.S. manufacturer, however, considered this step important and assures that it is ready to work with international regulators to get its aircraft back into service quickly. The group's CEO said: "These events and the lessons we learned from them have reshaped our business and sharpened our focus on our core values of safety, quality and integrity.

Indeed, Boeing had lost more than 393 orders over the first 10 months of the year and will finally be able to resume deliveries and thus be paid by its customers. He still has 450 aircraft in stock today.