Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to the skies after 20 month break

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to the skies after 20 month break

- FAA said it has cleared Boeing 737 after the manufacturer corrected safety concerns attributed to two fatal crashes

- The safety issues, according to FAA, played a role in the tragic loss of 346 lives aboard Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes

- Airlines now have to retrain pilots and also service the fleets that have been grounded for 20 months

- News came at a time when the aviation industry is recovering from a tough pounding it has taken from Covid-19 pandemic

- Major airlines are eyeing to improve their sales by hauling vaccine vials for the new disease once regulatory bodies grant approvals

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Players in the aviation sector across the world have a reason to smile following clearance of the troubled Boeing 737 MAX planes to return to service.

US-based regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced it had issued an order that paves the way for the fleet to return to the skies.

Steve Dickson, the FAA Administrator, said airlines are required to show proof of training pilots and servicing aircraft before flying.

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to the skies after 20 months break

A nose of a Boeing aircraft. Photo: Getty Images.
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"Importantly, before returning the Boeing 787–8 and 737-9, airlines should complete training for pilots and conduct maintenance," Dickson said in a statement on Wednesday, November 18.

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to the skies after 20 months break

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. Photo: Getty Images.
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In a separate story, Briefly.co.za reported the Boeing 787 Max fleet was grounded globally in March 2019 following two tragic crashes.

The first crash, which involved a Lion Air plane, occurred in October 2018. The plane that has just departed an Indonesian airport crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 people on board.

On March 10, 2019, a similar jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines bound for Nairobi, Kenya crashed few kilometres from Addis Ababa shortly after lift-off. All 157 passengers aboard the plane died.

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to the skies after 20 months break

An investigator looking at part of the wreckage from the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Photo: Getty Images.
Source: Getty Images

Boeing incurred heavy losses following grounding of the fleet, thus leading to the laying-off of thousands of staff in the production line. The aviation giant also suspended production of the fleet.

News of the ungrounding comes at a time when the aviation industry is recovering from a tough beating it has been taking from Covid-19 pandemic which killed demand for air travel, thus compounding the woes of the sector.

Most major airlines are now eyeing to improve their sales by hauling Covid-19 vaccine vials once regulatory bodies approve them for distribution.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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