UAE reg­u­la­tor says 737 Max won’t re­turn to skies be­fore 2020

Direc­tor gen­eral of the UAE’s Gen­eral Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity said he ex­pects the air­craft to be op­er­a­tional again by Q1 2020

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The Boe­ing 737 Max is un­likely to be back in ser­vice be­fore next year, the UAE’s avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor said, con­tra­dict­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s time­line for its re­turn.

Saif Al Suwaidi, direc­tor gen­eral of the Gen­eral Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, said he ex­pects the plane to be back in the first quar­ter of 2020.

Boe­ing had set a fourth-quar­ter 2019 tar­get for un­ground­ing the 737 Max.

The UAE, whose car­rier Fly­Dubai is one of the largest cus­tomers of 737 Max, won’t rely solely on the US Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s as­sess­ment of the jet’s air­wor­thi­ness and will con­duct its own checks be­fore the plane can use its airspace and air­ports again, Al Suwaidi re­it­er­ated in Dubai.

“We won’t fly the Max un­til we are 100 per­cent sure,” he said.

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