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Boeing's 737 MAX 7 lifts off for the first time. EASA says the aircraft family could be approved for European operation by the end of 2020. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Chuyi Chuang)

737 MAX May Be Back in European Skies by December

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has reportedly given approval for the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to the region’s skies. The agency had reported on Sept. 11 that test flights of the aircraft had been completed in Vancouver, Canada due to Covid restrictions. Data from those test flights has subsequently been analyzed by a Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) in the U.K. Bloomberg reported comments from Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA, saying that the analysis “is…

EASA Warns Against Pitot Tube Blockage Due to COVID-19 Storage

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety bulletin following "an alarming trend in the number of reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flights following the aircraft leaving storage," as the agency states. EASA warned the airline operators and maintenance organizations against pitot tube…

How Wizz Air’s Attainment of EASA Safety Certification Shapes the…

One of Europe’s major low-cost carriers, Wizz Air, recently received the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Air Operator Certificate, which designates the EASA as the chief safety expert and inspector that will oversee the airline’s safety procedures, while the Hungarian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to oversee the airline's…

Regulators Release Recommendations For 737 MAX Return

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released its latest recommendations for design changes to the Boeing 737 MAX before the troubled jet can be recertified. The agency has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) to require updated flight control software, revised display-processing software to generate alerts, revised certain flight…

Turkish Airlines Approves Codeshare Agreement with Pakistan International Airlines

Turkish Airlines approved a codeshare agreement with Pakistan International Airlines on Sunday. Pakistan's national airline has selected Istanbul as the most urgent destination for the resumption of its flight operations, as the city will be the gateway for Pakistan International, which has been banned by the United Kingdom and Europe…

Iran Acknowledges Responsibility for Downing Passenger Jet

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization issued a preliminary report indicating the country’s military fired two surface-to-air missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 572 in January causing the downing of the B737-800. The report cites several human factors that contributed to the loss of 176 passengers and crew. Shortly after the accident…

Europe Bans Pakistan International Airlines Amid Fraudulent Pilot Licence Scandal

The European Aviation Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines’s (PIA) authorization to operate in the EU for six months. As of July 1, PIA will not be allowed to operate flights in European skies at least for the rest of the year. “EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorization to…

Europe Issues Type Certification to Airbus BelugaXL

Airbus announced on Wednesday that its BelugaXL airlifter was issued a type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification for the oversize aircraft follows a rigorous battery of flight-testing with the aircraft flying over 700 hours during the course of more than 200 flight tests. Airbus currently…

Airbus A321LR Obtains EASA and FAA Approval

Airbus's evolution of the A320neo family, the A321LR, gained approval both from European aviation agency EASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The joint approval grants the aircraft to operate with up to three underfloor Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs), including for an ETOPS operation up to 180 minutes. This latest…

11 More A320neo Aircraft Grounded In India

Following a mid-air engine failure of an IndiGo A320neo operated by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines on Monday morning, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) immediately sent an order to two airlines to ground 11 additional aircraft in their fleets. Gurgaon, India based IndiGo now has 11 total A320neos…