Air Canada says that certainly one of its reactivated Boeing 737 Max skilled an engine difficulty throughout a repositioning flight, bringing renewed scrutiny to the beleaguered kind simply weeks after it was re-certificated following a 20-month grounding.
The Montreal-based provider says on 25 December that the plane was on a non-revenue flight from a storage facility in Marana, Arizona to the airline’s house base in Montreal on 22 December. Onboard had been three crew and no different passengers.
“Shortly after take-off, the pilots acquired an engine indication and, as a part of regular working procedures in such conditions, determined to close down one engine,” the airline tells FlightGlobal. “The plane then diverted to Tucson, the place it landed usually and stays.”
In response to Cirium fleets knowledge, the airline has 24 of the kind with one other 16 on order with Boeing.
In November, the FAA re-certificated the plane with a long-awaited airworthiness directive (AD) after Boeing made some design and software program adjustments, permitting it to re-enter income service within the US.
Canadian civil aviation regulator Transport Canada mentioned on the time that it might additionally approve the kind “quickly”.
On 17 December the regulator “validated” the airframer’s updates, indicating it’ll elevate the jet’s grounding in that jurisdiction in early 2021.
“In January 2021, the division expects to difficulty a Canadian airworthiness directive which is able to stipulate the Canadian design adjustments that should be included in Canadian plane,” Transport Canada added.
Airways world wide had been compelled to take away the 737 Max from their schedules in March 2019, after two deadly accidents killed 346 individuals.
For the reason that ungrounding, Latin American carriers Gol and Aeromexico have returned the kind to income service. Within the US, American Airways will resume Max flights on 29 December, with the provider planning to function the plane on a spherical journey between Miami and New York’s LaGuardia airport.
United Airways will carry the kind again into its schedule on 11 February, and all-Boeing provider Southwest Airways expects to have it flying in income service by March.