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Ban On Boeing 737 Max Should Be Lifted Jointly Globally, Wants Airlines

Ban On Boeing 737 Max Should Be Lifted Jointly Globally, Wants Airlines
Regulators globally should coordinate in implementing the software changes to the Boeing 737 Max, believes global airlines so that the lifting of the ban on the global grounding of the crafts can be made together uniformly throughout the world.
A series of differently timed decisions to ground the jet globally by regulators and airlines, with the US last to act, had damaged the certification system, said the International Air Transport Association which has 290 carriers as its members who together account for about 80 per cent of world air traffic. There are concerns among airlines globally that if there is non-uniform lifting of the ban by regulators and further differences over safety of the 737 Max, it would could confuse passengers and result in disruption.
"Any rift between regulators is not in anyone's interest," director general Alexandre de Juniac told an IATA annual meeting in Seoul.
Following two accidents within a span of less than 5 months which killed 346 people and involved the same 737 Max, regulators accords the world grounded all the crafts of the model in March this year. The grounding decision of the 737 Max was led by China followed by Europe and other while the US Federal Aviation Administration was initially reluctant to issue grounding orders.
There would be problems in operations and code-sharing if there is any new incidents of staggered decisions, said airline officials.
However this call by the airlines was denied by European airline regulating agency as the European Union's top transport official said that the decision would about lifting of the ban on 737 Max would be taken by it on its own. One of the toughest regulators during the crisis has been the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
"Certainly EASA will take a very close look at the results (of proposed design changes) and then make a decision and that message was very clearly passed," Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told the media. "We always work together with other regulators and we certainly will take joint moves, but EASA will reserve the right to take an individual look at the results and then of course engage with the rest of the regulators."
"I hope as soon as possible, because we do need to restore order and trust and move on," she said when he was asked how long it would take to end the crisis
While officially saying that it had set no target date for itself to lift the ban on the 737 Max, the FAA has reportedly unofficially indicated to other regulators that new software would be certified by it by end-June. Following that it would be a few weeks before airlines could again fly 737 Max. 
However, since other regulators would re-examine a practice of taking their cue from the FAA on Boeing jets, therefore it could take six months to restore operations, warned Tim Clark, president of Emirates, one of the world's largest airlines.
"That is why it is going to take time to get this aircraft back in the air. If it is in the air by Christmas I'll be surprised - my own view," he told reporters.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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