The Montreal-based airline also independently assessed the aircraft and its operating procedures before deciding to bring the aircraft back into service.
Beginning Feb. 1, Air Canada’s 737 Max will operate selected flights between Toronto and Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg.
“We are very confident the nearly two-year regulatory process undertaken by Transport Canada and other regulators worldwide ensures the utmost safety of the Boeing 737 Max fleet,” said Murray Strom, Vice President of Flight Operations at Air Canada.
“We have great confidence in this program going forward.” added Strom. “To return these planes to service, we are doing more than any other airline in the world. Our pilots are doing over 40 hours of computer-based training. They are in simulator sessions for six sessions, or 24 hours. They are doing training flights in the actual airplane without passengers on board from four to six legs before they are finally checked out on the aircraft.”
The carrier has 24 737 Max 8s in its fleet and a further 12 on order. Transport Canada issued an Airworthiness Directive for the aircraft 22 months after it was grounded in March 2020. The regulatory agency approved bringing the aircraft back into service in Canadian airspace if four mandatory modifications were completed.
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