Boeing 737 MAX flights unlikely to resume before Christmas, according to Emirates president

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Boeing 737 Max unlikely to be in air before Christmas

The Boeing 737 MAX will likely not be back in the skies before the end of this year because of a fall-out in cooperation between the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other national regulators, according to Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.

“You’re going to have a bit of a delay in terms of regulators – Canada, Europe, China,” Clark told reporters at the IATA annual meeting in Seoul. “It’s going to take time to get this aircraft back in the air. If it’s in the air by Christmas I’ll be surprised.”

“Boeing should accept that unless they get all regulators on board, irrespective of how good or how well they think they’ve fixed the aircraft, it’s not going to work,” Clark said. “It’s going to antagonise a lot of people if they insist that this aircraft is safe to fly.”

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