The head of the International Air Transport Association said he is concerned that the process to return the Boeing 737 MAX to service will be complicated by multiple aviation authorities’ desire to conduct their own analysis on the fixes and not simply accept the FAA’s recommendations before returning the jet to revenue flying.
Reuters has Alexandre de Juniac, the IATA director general, telling reporters in advance of a summit in Chicago this week, “With the 737 MAX we are a bit worried … because we don’t see the normal unanimity among international regulators that should be the case. We see a discrepancy that’s detrimental to the industry.” Depending on how much of the FAA’s data each country’s aviation authority is willing to take on face value, the path back to flying for the MAX could be considerably more convoluted than it has been in the U.S.
While the IATA and Boeing are likely to be concerned that certification with the FAA may not as valuable as it once was, the agency’s response has been neutral. “Each government will make its own decision to return the aircraft to service based on a thorough safety assessment,” the FAA says in a statement, Reuters is reporting.
While Boeing works with the FAA to prove the software changes to the MCAS are sufficient, the Joint Authorities Technical Review panel has delayed publishing its recommendations, which were due in late August, until at least mid-September
Meanwhile, American Airlines has canceled flights depending on the MAX through early December, while United has cleared its schedule of MAX flights through mid-December.