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Transport Canada announced that it validates Boeing 737 MAX design changes and plans to lift the type’s flying ban in January.
With this decision, Canada is joining the U.S, Europe, and Brazil, all of which have already given their consent to bring 737 MAX back to the skies.
The given design changes approval is the first step towards the big date when 737 MAX starts commercial flights in Canada. Airworthiness directive and interim order on training will follow next month. Software alterations, additional simulator training on 737 MAX for pilots, and flight-deck procedure changes will be mandatory.
“Transport Canada has worked extensively with the FAA and other key certifying authorities … as well as the three Canadian operators of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and their pilot unions throughout the validation process of the aircraft to ensure all factors are addressed prior to a safe return to service of the aircraft,” the regulator said.
Canadian Airlines Air Canada and WestJet have most MAX aircraft in their fleet. Air Canada has 24 planes, While WestJet has 13. Due to the pandemic and its negative impact on the airline’s operating capacity, Air Canada recently canceled 10 MAX orders and postponed the delivery of 16 more until further notice.