The European regulator will authorize “next week” the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX

The European regulator will authorize “next week” the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX

This authorization will be granted after modifications made to the aircraft following two accidents which claimed the lives of 346 people in 2018 and 2019.

A Brazilian airline's Boeing 737 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, December 9, 2020 (SILVIO AVILA / AFP)

Will the Boeing 737 MAX be re-authorized in Europe? The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will provide “next week” its authorization to return the Boeing 737 MAX to flight, after modifications made to the aircraft following two accidents that claimed the lives of 346 people, the director of the European regulator, Patrick Ky, announced on Tuesday (January 19th).

“We expect to publish the airworthiness directive next week. From our point of view, the MAX will be able to fly again (in Europe) from next week ”, explained the director during a press conference by video with the German association of the aeronautical press LPC.

The Boeing 737 MAX has been on track to return to service for several months. Last October, Patrick Ky had already said that the plane was “sure, and that the level of security achieved is high enough for ” European agency. On December 29, he made his first flight since the disasters of 2018 and 2019.