UAE says no date yet to lift ban on Boeing 737 Max planes

UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority says it cannot name a date 'until it has enough information to ensure passengers safety is protected'
UAE says no date yet to lift ban on Boeing 737 Max planes
Last month, Boeing reported lower first-quarter profits as the global grounding of its 737 MAX plane following two crashes hit earnings.
By Sam Bridge
Thu 09 May 2019 03:33 PM

The UAE said on Thursday it is unable to give a date when it will relax a ban on Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft operating in its airspace.

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said it could not name a date "until it has enough information to ensure passengers safety is protected".

In a statement cited by state news agency WAM, the authority said: "GCAA is actively and closely working with the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, and the other authorities around the world for developments on B737-8 Max.

"The GCAA team recently participated in Joint Authorities Technical Review team meetings which has been formed to look into Flight Control System of B737-8 Max.

"The GCAA is still in the process of seeking more technical information from the FAA on the improvements being proposed. Therefore, GCAA won’t be able to give a date of unbanning until it has enough information to ensure passengers safety is protected."

The ban was imposed in the aftermath of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in March.

Last month, Boeing reported lower first-quarter profits as the global grounding of its 737 Max plane following two crashes hit earnings.

The results are the first since the company entered crisis mode with the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which along with an October Lion Air crash claimed 346 lives.

The US aerospace giant reported $2.1 billion in profits, down 13.2 percent from same period a year ago due in part to $1 billion in costs associated with 737 program.

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