The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates is planning to open its airspace for the Boeing 737 MAX in March 2021, after a nearly two-year ban.
“The technical committee at the authority is currently working on the evaluation of the additional requirements that were mentioned in the authority’s latest directive issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The assessment will be completed within two weeks, after which a safety decision will be issued in mid-February, which will indicate the planned time phase for restarting the aircraft,” GCAA director general Saif Al Suwaidi told the Khaleej Times newspaper.
Flydubai, with 11 737 MAX 8 and three 737 MAX 9 aircraft in its fleet, will be the Emirati carrier to benefit most from the move.
In November 2017, at the Dubai Air Show, Flydubai signed an agreement with Boeing, placing an order for 175 MAX aircraft and purchase rights for an additional 50.