Brasilia, Brazil -The Brazilian civil aviation regulator is working to return the Boeing 737 MAX into service by the end of this year. Brazil's Civil Aviation Secretary Ronei Glanzmann said that the Brazilian authorities have been working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to bring the Boeing 737 MAX back into service before 2020.
Brazilian regulator has representatives on the FAA's Joint Authorities Technical Review Panel, a multi-national group working to review and certify the 737 MAX's upgraded MCAS software.
Brazil's largest domestic airline Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes is one of the major 737 MAX customers with more than 100 copies on order.
Glanzmann made the statement during an industry conference in Brasilia organized by ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association).
It has a lot of impact on this market. This is, of course, an economic imperative,
Glanzmann also said.
Just like elsewhere in the world, the worldwide 737 MAX grounding has slowed the growth of the airline operators in Latin America.
These airlines are waiting for regulators in the USA and Latin America to allow the aircraft to return to service.
We will report much lower air traffic growth in 2019. We all have grounded aircraft right now, and are all obviously affected,
Pedro Heilbron, chief executive of Copa Airlines and president of Latin American airline trade group ALTA, said during ALTA's annual forum.
The 737 MAX grounding has had a remarkable impact in Latin America, partly because the carriers of the region have chosen the 737 MAX as their primary single-aisle workhorse.
The Latin American carriers Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Cayman Airways, Copa and Gol were operating 25 737 MAX in total when the aircraft was grounded by the global civil aviation regulators.
The Latin American airlines have altogether an outstanding backlog of 270, 737 MAX jets -144 aircraft for Gol, 55 for Copa Airlines, 55 for Aeromexico, nine for Aerolineas Argentinas, four for Caribbean Airlines and two for Cayman Airways.
The 737 MAX series jets have been grounded since March after two deadly crashes, and the American 737 MAX operators do not expect the aircraft to fly before 2020, according to their revised flight schedules.