IATA hopes for coordinated return of the Boeing 737 MAX

IATA renewed its call to global aviation regulators for a coordinated approval of Boeing 737 MAX navigation system changes.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, voiced his concern on the damaging effects that the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes had on the trust in the aviation industry, in the air transport industry report dated June 2, 2019.

“The recent Boeing 737 MAX accidents have put our reputation in the spotlight,” states de Juniac, adding that “trust in the certification system has been damaged—among regulators, between regulators and the industry and with the flying public. […] To be clear, I am not advocating for knee-jerk reactions. But governments and industry must find a way to maintain public confidence in safety with fast and coordinated responses”.

Indeed, suspicion of alleged collusion between the FAA and Boeing during the certification process of the Boeing 737 MAX has led several regulators to express will for conducting their independent certification.

Transport Canada (the Canadian transport safety authority) was the first to announce it would run its own investigation. “When the software update will be done within a few weeks, we will do our own certification in Canada, even though it has been certified by the FAA,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, told the press.

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