Modified Boeing 737 MAX is allowed to fly in Europe

A modified version of the passenger airliner Boeing 737 MAX is allowed to operate in Europe. This is announced on the website of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Wednesday, January 27.

“We have reached an important milestone on this long journey. After a thorough analysis by EASA, we have concluded that the 737 MAX can safely return to flight,” agency executive director Patrick Key is quoted in the press release as saying.

EASA stresses that the airliner has had its software updated, electrical wiring repaired, maintenance and crew retraining.

At the end of November 2020, Patrick Key said that Europe plans to lift the ban on flights of the passenger Boeing 737 MAX in January 2021.

Also in November, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave approval for the aircraft to resume operation. The regulator approved a training program for Boeing pilots, who are needed to resume flying the aircraft after a 20-month break, the longest in the history of commercial aviation.

It was reported in December that permission to resume commercial flights of the Boeing 737 MAX could be granted in Canadian airspace, but the first flights would not take place until January 2021.

Canadian airline WestJet flew a Boeing 737 MAX from Calgary to Vancouver on Jan. 21, aviation website FlightGlobal reported. It is the first carrier to use the airliner commercially after a nearly two-year hiatus.