Monday, June 21, 2021

SpiceJet Not Looking To Resume 737 MAX Operations Right Now

SpiceJet has reportedly put a hold on its plans to resume using the Boeing 737 MAX. The carrier has paused talks with regulator DGCA about recertifying the jet, delaying its return for the near future. As the sole operator of the MAX in India, SpiceJet’s decision to fly it will be key to any recertification.

According to CNBC, SpiceJet has not restarted talks with aviation regulator DGCA about recertifying the 737 MAX in India. This means the entire process has largely stalled, leaving the resumption date of the MAX up in the air.

The recertification of the 737 MAX can only occur once SpiceJet completes certain key steps. This includes training pilots, preparing simulators, and actually ungrounding the planes for test flights. SpiceJet has done none of these steps currently, leaving the DGCA unable to approve the MAX once again.

According to government officials, only once SpiceJet completes these processes can the recertification process continue. Moreover, the ungrounding will even “gather momentum” if the airline decides to unground its fleet. However, there seems to be little hurry in trying to bring the jets back into service for several reasons.

21/06/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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