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Boeing 737 MAX 8 Returns To Skies As FAA Lifts Grounding Order

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The U.S Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson today signed an order that paves the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to commercial service.

Administrator Dickson’s action followed a comprehensive and methodical safety review process that took 20 months to complete.

During that time, the FAA said its employees worked diligently to identify and address the safety issues that played a role in the tragic loss of 346 lives aboard Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

“Throughout our transparent process, we cooperated closely with our foreign counterparts on every aspect of the return to service. Additionally, Administrator Dickson personally took the recommended pilot training and piloted the Boeing 737 MAX, so he could experience the handling of the aircraft firsthand,” FAA said in a statement.

In addition to rescinding the order that grounded the aircraft, the FAA today published an Airworthiness Directive (PDF) specifying design changes that must be made before the aircraft returns to service, issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC), and published the MAX training requirements.

These actions do not however allow the MAX to return immediately to the skies.

The FAA must approve 737 MAX pilot training program revisions for each U.S. airline operating the MAX and will retain its authority to issue airworthiness certificates and export certificates of airworthiness for all new 737 MAX aircraft manufactured since the FAA issued the grounding order.

Furthermore, airlines that have parked their MAX aircraft must take required maintenance steps to prepare them to fly again. Boeing shares were up 5 percent on the news.

Nigerian airline Airpeace is one of the numerous global customers of Boeing who would be glad to hear the news. On 13th September 2018, Air Peace announced it placed an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX planes.

Allen Onyema, Chairman and CEO, Air Peace Limited indicated that the primary motive for the choosing the Boeing 737-Max 8 was improved fuel efficiency and superior operating economics.

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