Kenya and Nigeria have in turn authorized the Boeing 737 MAX to fly in their respective airspaces, a first in Africa.
After the FAA in the USA, the ANAC in Brazil, Transport Canada, the European EASA and the GCCA in the United Arab Emirates, two African regulators on February 22, 2021 lifted the ban on the flight of the 737 MAX, grounded since March 2019 and two accidents causing 346 victims at Lion Air and then Ethiopian Airlines. In Kenya, where no carrier operates or has ordered the 737 MAX, KCAA (Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority) director Gilbert Kibe told Africanaerospace that airlines « are free to fly the Boeing 737 MAX, we will not impose any restrictions ”at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport. A green light valid for MAX operators such as Ethiopian Airlines, Oman Air or Turkish Airlines.
In Nigeria, NCAA General Manager Musa Nuhu said that all foreign operators of the re-engineered single-aisle must « provide proof of their compliance with the FAA directive. » For companies based in particular at Lagos Airport, it is requested to « work with Boeing and NCAA for the Aircraft Type Certificate Acceptance Program », so that MAXs are registered in Nigeria and receive a certificate of airworthiness. Air Peace expects 10, Arik Air 8, and the future Green Africa Airlines 50 (+50 options)
Remember that in Europe, the Boeing 737 MAX is already back in commercial service with TUI Fly Belgium, and should be this Thursday, February 25 with the Czech company Smartwings. GOL in Brazil was the first to do so, followed by American Airlines, Aeromexico, Copa Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet or United Airlines among others.
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