Planes. India vetoes B-737 Max
Ordinance by the DGAC gives conditional green light today. SpiceJet rejoices
With an order dated today on Thursday August 26, 2021, the Indian DGAC (Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or the civil aviation authority), has removed the ban on commercial flight operations, imposed in the country on the aircraft model Boeing B-737 Max on March 13, 2019 after the two known incidents (Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302), which resulted in the death of 346 people in total. In the provision, however, the authority underlines how the green light is conditioned by the compliance or otherwise of the model -after the changes made by Boeing- with the "applicable national requirements for putting it back into service".
SpiceJet, the only Indian company to operate the "Max", will be happy with this news, excluding the compatriot Jet Airways, which as of March 13, 2019 had five B-737 Max in its fleet, but already stopped on the ground for non-payment of the shares to the tenants. The carrier in fact on April 17 of the same year then definitively ceased all flight operations due to the economic reasons. SpiceJet instead has 13 units in its fleet which, requirements permitting, hopes to be able to return to operation by the end of next September.
And it is no coincidence that today the airline announces that it has entered into an agreement with Avolon, one of the main lessors of "Max" aircraft, which paves the way for the return to service of its -737 Max. The President and CEO of the carrier, Ajay Singh declared: “I am delighted to share that our -737 Max will be back in flight soon. With India's exit from Covid and the resumption of air traffic, the model will play an important role in our future expansion. With a better and more efficient fleet back in operation, we expect a significant reduction in our operating costs and an increase in our profits”.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency