Canadian airline WestJet stated Wednesday it plans to return its passenger fleet of Boeing 737 MAX plane to the skies this month, almost two years in the past after their worldwide grounding following two crashes that killed 346 folks.
“Our first MAX will probably be able to return safely to service as of January 21,” firm president Ed Sims stated in a press release.
The return to service, nevertheless, is conditional on regulators reopening Canadian airspace to the jetliner, a call anticipated this month after Boeing addressed technical points and improved pilot coaching on the MAX.
In December, the Canadian authorities introduced that it had validated modifications made to the design of the plane utilized by home carriers Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing.
“Whereas we do not have ultimate affirmation on when (Transport Canada) will open Canadian airspace to the 737 MAX plane, within the curiosity of transparency we’re sharing our intent to fly as soon as this affirmation is acquired,” Sims stated.
The primary Westjet MAX flights — to be operated 3 times per week between Calgary and Toronto — are scheduled to take off on January 21.
The MAX disaster started with a 2018 crash of the jet in Indonesia, adopted by one other in March 2019 in Ethiopia, which killed a complete of 346 folks and noticed the plane taken out of service throughout the globe.
Brazil was the primary nation to permit it to return to service, beginning with a home flight in December by Brazilian finances service Gol, adopted by American Airways in the USA.