Wednesday, April 21, 2021

DGCA partially lifts ban on Boeing 737 Max aircraft

Partially relaxing the ban on Boeing 737 Max aircraft in India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has now allowed international airlines to fly the plane over the country's air space.

The aviation regulator has also allowed the grounded 737 Max in India to be flown for 'operational readiness.'

"This is for those overflying and those being readied for return to service. These are the grounded aircraft belonging to lessors that have been exempted and can be flown away from India," a senior official told Moneycontrol.

At the same time, the ban on operating these aircraft in India, remains.

In India, SpiceJet operates 13 of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. But these have been grounded since 2019, when Boeing was forced to take off all 737 Max aircraft, which were involved in twin tragedies.

Jet Airways, which stopped operations in April 2019, also operated these aircraft.

"The directive doesn't allow SpiceJet to fly these planes for operational readiness. It's possible that lessors may want to take back these planes," a senior industry official said.

Sources told Moneycontrol that the planes that were operated by Jet Airways may be taken back by the US-based lessor, GECAS. The company had leased twelve 737 Max aircraft to Jet Airways. "There are five of them that could be flown out," an executive from an airline said.


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