Thursday, March 12, 2020

Indian skies remain cloudy

With losses mounting and its image severely battered, Boeing is trying its best to get the grounded MAX off the ground. But when the aircraft starts flying again depends on individual regulators such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India.

However, when this process is likely to start is anyone’s guess.

The first step in getting the American-made aircraft to fly again will be FAA certifying its airworthiness. After which, the DGCA will come into the picture, to certify the aircraft which is part of SpiceJet’s fleet. The Indian carrier had 13 aircraft flying when the MAX was grounded globally.

At the moment, it is the only Indian carrier with the MAX . The second Indian airline to order the MAX was Jet Airways, which temporarily suspended its operations in April 2019.
Former DGCA officials told BusinessLine that India will have to examine whether it wants to accept the changes made by global regulators before taking a call on whether to allow SpiceJet to start operating the MAX again.
12/03/20 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line
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