"It is likely that in our case we will adopt the decisions, allowing it to return to service, some time in January".
Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian hinted at the possibility of purchasing Boeing Co's 737 MAX, which was recently approved to fly again by USA regulators, in an interview to the Financial Times today.
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The European aviation safety regulator will be issuing a directive with certain additional actions, beyond those listed by the U.S., to ensure safe operations of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
Following two fatal air crashes within a span of five months that killed 346 people, aviation regulators worldwide announced, one-after-another, the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max in their respective countries in March 2019. FAA statement on Boeing 737 Max return to service issued on November 18, said: "The design and certification of this aircraft included an unprecedented level of collaborative and independent reviews by aviation authorities around the world".
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said in a statement Wednesday that Canada will impose different requirements than the USA before it lifts the grounding orders for the plane, including additional procedures on the flight deck and pre-flight and differences in training for flight operators.More news: These 5 People Will Get the COVID Vaccine First, Dr. Fauci Says
The move came after numerous U.S. congressional hearings on the crashes that led to criticism of the FAA for lax oversight and Boeing for rushing to implement a new software system that put profits over safety and ultimately led to the firing of its CEO.
European Union approval would clear Boeing to begin delivering the Max outside the USA, a critical move toward unlocking about $12 billion in cash that's tied up in hundreds of jetliners built during the global grounding.
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