Frankfurt, Germany - The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is expected to allow the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to the skies earlier next year.
The re-certification of the aircraft, which was involved in two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, will be followed by a few weeks that of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Although EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky refuses to give a precise date for the return of the Boeing 737 MAX, he said that it should happen early next year if all goes well, during an interview with Reuters news agency.
Ky also said EASA will conduct its own test flights in mid-December. The EASA executive further specified that the difference in timing with the FAA should be measured in a few weeks and not a few months, mainly because of different paperwork or processing.
Recall that Boeing plans to conduct certification flights for the 737 MAX next month. The US regulator estimates around 30 days for the testing process before the final approval.
Major 737 MAX operators such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines have already postponed their scheduled flights with the aircraft until 2020.