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A Flydubai 737 MAX 8 performing a test flight at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

flydubai To Reintroduce Boeing 737 MAX Into Service

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai has announced it is returning some of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to commercial service on April 8. The carrier will start operating four Boeing 737 MAX 8s and one 737 MAX 9 in early April after the aircraft have received regulatory approval to rejoin the fleet by the U.A.E’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The remaining nine aircraft — seven MAX 8s and two MAX 9s — will rejoin the fleet over the coming…

The Slow-But-Steady Recovery of Boeing 737 MAX Operations

Boeing's 737 MAX ungrounding was undoubtedly the best news the company received in 2020. Checkered by its safety issues, the 787 Dreamliner quality controls, the extended 777X delay and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic taking a historical toll on aircraft demand, 737 MAX's recertification allowed Boeing to resume deliveries…

COMAC C919 Secures its First Firm Orders

China Eastern Airlines, a launch customer of the COMAC C919 signed a firm order with the state-owned aircraft manufacturer on Monday to purchase five of the narrow-body aircraft, the China Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) said. The airline, which signed a letter of intent with COMAC in 2010, is expected to…

Boeing to Pay $2.5 Billion to Settle Criminal Conspiracy Charges

It’s pretty obvious Boeing has had it rough for quite some time now. It first started with their first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashed and in October 2018. No plane crash is good for an aircraft manufacturer but for the time being, it was thought that there wasn’t a systemic…

American Airlines Takes First Step in Bringing Back the 737…

American Airlines was already set on being the first U.S. airline to bring the Boeing 737 MAX back into service, planning on bringing back the aircraft over the busy winter holiday travel season with a flight between New York's LaGuardia Airport and Miami International Airport on Dec. 29. But as…

FAA Green Lights Boeing 737 MAX

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday announced the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft could once again fly in the U.S., reversing a decision made almost two years ago after two of the aircraft were involved in fatal crashes in Africa and Southeast Asia. While the day's announcement represents a key…

Canada to Test Fly the 737 MAX Before Granting Approvals

Transport Canada announced this week it plans to conduct test flights of the 737 MAX prior to its return to service in Canadian skies.  According to a report by Reuters, Transport Canada, the Canadian ministry tasked with overseeing all aspects of transportation in the country, will be the first non-U.S.…

FAA Plans 737 MAX Recertification Flights Starting Monday

In a moment largely expected by the aircraft builder, the Boeing 737 MAX is ready to start the recertification flight campaign as soon as Monday, June 29. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Sunday that it has completed Boeing's safety system assessment review and it is ready to begin…

Opinion: Is This How It Ends? Southwest Considering Airbus Orders…

Thursday morning brought the release of Southwest Airlines' third-quarter results. While Chief Executive Gary Kelly brought forth a number of interesting statistics showing the airline continues to be financially and operationally resilient despite massive troubles that continue to plague the airline's Boeing 737 MAX fleet, that wasn't the most interesting…

Southwest Pushes Back 737 MAX Return While United Remains Uncertain

Southwest Airlines on Thursday removed the Boeing 737 MAX from its schedule until February, according to CNBC. The move by the airline to cancel further flights added even more uncertainty to the already turbulent near future of the U.S. aviation market following the ground of Boeing's latest single-aisle offering. By…