Patrick Ky, president of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), said Monday that Boeing’s grounded 737 MAX is expected to resume service in Europe in the first quarter of 2020. Although European regulators are expected to approve it in January, preparations by governments and airlines could delay commercial flights for another two months, Mr. Kisaid said.
“If training and coordination with EU member states are needed to ensure that everyone does the same thing at the same time, it will take a little time,” Kie said. That’s why I said the first quarter of 2020. ”
Boeing has said it plans to return the 737 MAX to fly by the end of 2019. Previously, Boeing modified the 737 MAX’s software.
In the five months from October 2018 to March this year, 346 people were killed in a series of Boeing 737 MAX series crashes at Lion Air Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines. In the wake of two fatal crashes, airlines around the world have suspended the use of the aircraft.
In addition to the damage to Boeing, the suspension swastheired on the airline’s customers, as hundreds of planes are now stranded on the tarmac and unable to enforce the law.
Ryanair, one of Boeing’s biggest customers and a low-cost carrier, said on Monday it expected the 737 MAX delivery date to be further delayed and its growth rate reduced by 2020.
The European Aviation Safety Agency also plans to conduct its own inspection procedures, including simulators and flight tests, before the 737 MAX resumes flights in Europe.
“A lot of work has been done on the design of the software, ” says Kei. But he added: “We think there is still some work to be done.” ”
Kie would not elaborate on whether regulators would require additional simulator training for pilots of the 737 MAX, which would increase delays and costs for many airline customers.
He said the decision could only be made after the EU Aviation Safety Agency’s own simulators and flight tests.
He added that European regulators wanted to complete a detailed software review by the end of the month and then conduct flight tests in December “if all goes well”.