IATA Calls for the Safe Return of Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

IATA represents more than 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

By June 27th, 2019 AT 5:36 PM

The trade association of global airlines the International Air Transport Association (IATA) asked the aviation security regulators to continue to stick to the technical validation requirements and timelines to bring Boeing 737 MAX aircraft back to the service. The call for action came at the second Boeing 737 MAX Summit organized by IATA.

The Boeing 737 MAX tragedies weigh heavily on an industry that holds safety as its top priority. We trust the Federal Aviation Administration, in its role as the certifying regulator, to ensure the aircraft’s safe return to service. And we respect the duty of regulators around the world to make independent decisions on FAA’s recommendations, said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.


At the same time, aviation is a globally integrated system that relies on global standards, including mutual recognition, trust, and reciprocity among safety regulators. This harmonized structure has worked successfully for decades to help make air travel the safest form of long-distance travel the world has known. Aviation cannot function efficiently without this coordinated effort, and restoring public confidence demands it, de Juniac added.

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IATA also pointed out that the crew of Boeing 737 MAX flight requires additional training. The summit held in Montreal on 26 June 2019 witnessed the participation of representatives from more than 40 airlines, safety regulatory authorities, original equipment manufacturers, training organizations, aviation-related associations and aircraft lessors.

IATA represents more than 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that a new flaw had been discovered in the computer system of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The report that cited an unnamed source said that this new development would further delay the return of the aircraft to service.

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Boeing 737 Max aircraft was grounded in March after two crashes — Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 — that killed 346 people. The investigations are still going on for both the accidents. But, the preliminary reports showed that the new stabilization system in the aircraft pushed the aircraft to , causing the crashes.

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