Monday, March 15, 2021

DGCA Closely Assessing Boeing 737 MAX Performance in Foreign Jurisdiction Before Operations in India

The approval for Boeing 737 Max operations in India may take some more time as the regulator is closely monitoring the aircraft’s performance. Accordingly, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is closely watching the performance of the aircraft in foreign jurisdictions. Till March 9, 14 airlines globally have returned the aircraft into service. “We are getting weekly updates on the performance of the aircraft,” said Arun Kumar, Director General of DGCA. “Eventhough, FAA and EASA have approved the return of the aircraft. We will conduct our own due diligence.” The Boeing 737 Max aircraft was grounded worldwide in 2019 after two fatal crashes. In India, SpiceJet is the only operator of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. It has 13 such aircraft in its fleet. Besides, Kumar said India’s aviation safety ranking is expected to improve as the International Civil Aviation Organisation will conduct an audit of the sector in the coming months.

15/03/21 IANS/

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