Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Ryanair Not Looking To Order More 737 MAX Jets At The Moment

Delta planes line up at their gates while on the tarmac of Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah in this file UAE to announce return schedule for Boeing 737 MAX 'in timely manner'
Deanna Wagner | 22 November, 2020, 23:55

EASA chief Patrick Ky signaled in October that he was satisfied with the changes Boeing made to the plane after two crashes within five months killed 346 people, leading to the global grounding of the 737 Max fleet in March 2019.

The regulator said it continued to work with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the process.

Southwest Airlines, which relied more heavily on the 737 Max than rival USA carriers, stands to benefit significantly from Boeing's return to the sky, according to the Swiss bank UBS.

The move came after numerous United States congressional hearings on the crashes that led to criticism of the FAA for lax oversight and Boeing for rushing to implement a new software system that put profits over safety and ultimately led to the firing of its CEO. "It's likely that, in our case, we'll adopt the decisions that will allow us to put it back in service in the course of January". In the United States, commercial flights are scheduled to start on December 29, just under six weeks after the FAA order was published on Nov 18. They also placed tight-knit FAA relations with Boeing under scrutiny. It would also be "more intransigent" about ensuring that key safety reviews are completed before moving on to the next steps, Ky said.

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After getting the FAA nod, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Stan Deal had said: "The FAA's directive is an important milestone".

Ryanair has said that it expects to take delivery of its first 30 MAX jets by next summer. "Whether people are, in turn, reassured is a different question", Kelly said.

EASA is widely seen as emerging strengthened from the Boeing crisis and some regulators are waiting for its decisions on the MAX rather than immediately following the FAA as in the past.