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EASA officials confirmed that the draft EASA directive will be published this week, enabling the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX in Europe. A 30 day comment period will be required, which will likely put the final re-approval and go ahead in late December or early January.

Because the aircraft will require changes and pilots will need to be trained to a set of criteria from EASA which will differ from the FAA’s training program, it may be late in the first quarter 2021 before European airlines can resume widespread service with the MAX.

EASA is also likely to require additional changes to the MAX beyond those required by the FAA, but will not require that they be implemented before returning to service. Those required changes may have a one to two year period to be implemented to maintain airworthiness approvals.Subscriber content – Sign in Monthly Subscription   Annual Subscription    

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