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UAE regulator lifts safety ban on Boeing 737 MAX jet

February 17, 2021
The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority has authorized Boeing 737 MAX planes to resume flying. — Courtesy photo
The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority has authorized Boeing 737 MAX planes to resume flying. — Courtesy photo

ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority has authorized Boeing 737 MAX planes to resume flying, UAE's official news agency WAM reported on Wednesday, citing a statement from Director-General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Saif Al Suwaidi.

Al Suwaidi added that the lifting of the ban on the aircraft came as a result of the "intensive efforts made by the technical committee at the authority through evaluating all the technical requirements in accordance with the requirements by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration."

"It resulted in the committee determining that those technical requirements should be met by the companies to ensure the return of the aircraft to the skies again," he explained.

Al Suwaidi explained that the latest decision "includes the correct measures to be applied by airlines operating the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, most notably updating the MCAS system, pilot training procedures and the operational readiness of all aircraft before operating again, in addition to the flight permit procedures that will be issued by the authority for each aircraft."

GCAA Director-General noted that the safety decision also includes the technical requirements that must be met by foreign companies’ Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are expected to operate in the country's airspace.

"We emphasize GCAA’s commitment to guarantee the safe return of the aircraft to the country's airspace," Al Suwaidi continued.

Ismail Al Baloushi, assistant director-general for aviation safety affairs, said: "We will be closely monitoring and making sure that the companies are meeting these technical requirements before their aircraft operate again."


February 17, 2021
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