Boeing 737 Max re-certified in the EU and UK

TUI Boeing 737 Max 8. Photo: © Alan Wilson

Boeing’s 737 Max family of aircraft has been re-certified as airworthy by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority in the United Kingdom.

The 737 Max is Boeing’s top selling aircraft, which was grounded in March 2019 following the fatal crashes of Lion Air flight JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302. During the type’s almost two year grounding, it has had numerous system modifications in order to prevent further issues relating to the MCAS system that brought down the two planes less than six months apart.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States re-certified the aircraft back in November of 2020, and it has subsequently resumed commercial service with Southwest, American Airlines, Air Canada and GOL in Brazil.

European operators of the Boeing 737 Max include TUI, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines and Icelandair. Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is set to take delivery of the first high-density 737 Max aircraft soon.