Fly Dubai has recently announced that it will be resuming the Boeing 737 MAX service on its network starting from April 8th. UAE’s regulatory body, GCAA (General Civil Aviation Authority), has approved the rejoining of the 737 MAX fleet.
Fly Dubai has a mixture of two variants of Boeing 737 MAX. Four MAX 8 and 1 MAX 9 will rejoin the service in the first phase. The remaining fleet will join in the coming months after they receive the necessary upgrades and modifications are applied. The GCAA approved the recommended modifications made by Boeing to enable the return of Boeing 737MAX after its grounding for over two years
Turbulent Return of Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing 737MAX had to face a whole timeline and series of events since its grounding in March 2019. After the crash of Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air 737MAX, The latest variant of the 737 series was grounded worldwide due to faulty software.
MCAS (Maneuvering Capabilities Augmentation System) software was introduced on 737MAX and added this new feature to help pilots overcome stall conditions. However, due to flawed aircraft design and heavier engines, aircraft started behaving in abrupt nose dives.
After Boeing has spent several thousand person-hours to fix the problem, FAA finally gave the green light for the return of the Boeing 737MAX. Gradually, EASA and other regulatory bodies also started recertifying the MAX and allowed the return.
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“The MAX is integral to flydubai’s fleet, and we are confident in the aircraft and its capabilities. I would like to commend the GCAA for their tireless pursuit of air safety and the diligent work undertaken by the flydubai team to ensure the safe return of the MAX aircraft to passenger service,”Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai said in a statement;
Fly Dubai 737 MAX in Sialkot
Fly Dubai will be operating its first flight of Boeing 737 MAX after its recertification on April 8th. The first flight will be operating to Sialkot, Pakistan, from its hub in Dubai. The aircraft to be operated on the flight is a two-class configured aircraft with Economy Class and Business Class layout. The aircraft has 10 flat-bed seats in Business class and 156 Economy Class seats with High definition inflight entertainment screens.
Passengers flying on the flight will be notified before departure about the return of the 737MAX. However, passengers will be given the liberty to change their flights if they are willing to do so. The 737MAX will regain its trust among the passengers and other stakeholders with time.
Pakistan CAA’s take on 737MAX
Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has not released any official statement on the return of the Boeing 737MAX. However, we will be witnessing the return of Boeing 737MAX for the region’s one of the biggest low-cost carriers, with their return to service from a Pakistani route. The Airport in Sialkot is Pakistan’s only private airport, capable of handling all aircraft types of wide-bodies and narrow bodies except the Airbus A380.
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