1 FEBRUARY 2021
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Following similar decisions by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada, the Boeing 737 MAX has been approved for UK airline operations by the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
At the present time only five aircraft have been delivered in the UK, to TUI, the lead UK operator. No service date has been given. IAG and Ryanair are amongst the many European airlines with the aircraft on order.
The decision follows the approval of design modifications to the aircraft itself, how it is flown, and to pilot training. This has included modification to the aircraft’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) and other key safety changes aimed at preventing further accidents. The CAA has been closely involved in this approval work and the extensive process undertaken by all involved.
The removal of an airspace ban will allow foreign operators to fly the Boeing 737 MAX into the UK.
The aircraft was grounded following two tragic accidents (Lion Air Flight 610 on 29 October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on 10 March 2019). The UK was one of the first countries to act, preventing the aircraft from using its airspace.
The CAA has based its decision to allow a return to service on detailed information from EASA, the FAA and Boeing, in addition to extensive engagement with airline operators and pilot representative organisations. The CAA has worked alongside EASA, as its technical agent and validating authority.
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