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
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.