Canada has announced plans to lift a near two-year flight ban on Boeing 737 MAX on 20th January 2021, joining other countries like the United States that have brought the aircraft back following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019, which killed 347 people.
Additionally, Regulator Transport Canada has issued an airworthiness directive to aircraft owners, aircraft maintenance engineers and foreign civil aviation authorities, along with an interim order that outlines requirements for airlines on additional crew training.
Separately, Air Canada said it would resume Boeing 737 MAX commercial operations on 1st February 2021, with the aircraft gradually returning to its North American route network.
Boeing 737 Max received its first airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December last year, ending its 20-month-old grounding order. The certificate now authorizes the aircraft to fly. However, each new 737 MAX built since the grounding order needs an airworthiness certificate. Furthermore, each U.S. airline will also need the FAA to approve its 737 MAX pilot training program before returning the jets to service.
Boeing already bagged its first-ever bulk order for its troubled 737 Max aircraft, since its grounding in March 2019, after Irish budget airline, Ryanair agreed to buy 75 of the planes, adding to the 135 MAX jets it previously ordered between 2014 and 2018, none of which have been delivered yet.