737 Max will only fly in UAE after US regulators give their approval

UAE regulator GCAA will wait on a decision by its US counterpart before it allows Boeing’s 737 Max back into the sky
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Flydubai will only be able to operate its 737 Max’s again once US regulators have approved it for flight, according to media reports.

That is because the UAE’s aviation regulator, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), will make its decision on the grounded jet based on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s safety review.

A statement issued by the GCAA to The National said that the regulator’s decision on the Max will rely on the FAA's assessment.

The authority told the newspaper: “The GCAA is working with the FAA on the certification of B737Max and is in close coordination with flydubai. The GCAA return-to-service [decision] will be based on the review of FAA design certification and validation of training.”

Flydubai is the UAE’s only 737 Max operator but is the world’s second-largest customer of the troubled aircraft.

Boeing’s 737 Max plane was involved in two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 amid software issues, which caused all of the aircraft to be grounded by global regulators.

The FAA is currently working with Boeing to come to a decision on when the Max will fly again. Originally, Boeing had hoped the plane would be cleared before the end of the year but it recently said that it would fly again in January.

But the planemaker said that it was possible that Max deliveries to airlines could resume in December.

The group is still hoping for certification from the FAA within this quarter, which would allow it to resume deliveries by the end of the year.

In a statement Boeing said: “In parallel, we are working towards final validation of the updated training requirements, which must occur before the Max returns to commercial service, and which we now expect to begin in January.”

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