The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority, has approved the Boeing 737 Max to return to service in its airspace.
According to the GACA, the decision to allow the aircraft to fly in its airspace again followed a comprehensive review that concluded that the aircraft met all safety requirements. None of the carriers in Saudi Arabia operate the type, but the decision will benefit airlines who regularly use Saudi airspace for their services. UAE carrier Flydubai has 737 Max on order and will eventually have one of the world’s largest fleets of the type,
Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow the jet to fly follows those in recent weeks by Europe and Australia. The U.S. was the first country to lift the ban, in November last year, followed by Brazil and Canada . China, which has more 737 Max aircraft than any other country, and India are yet to lift the ban.
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