You may have read media reports yesterday about the FAA approving the 737-8 (MAX) for a return to service.
Please know that your union leadership remains in contact with Transport Canada (TC) and the airline regarding this issue.
As recently as this Tuesday, TC officials re-affirmed a commitment to fully brief your CUPE leadership whenever a Canadian decision is made regarding this aircraft. TC has advised that it has been and continues to conduct its own fully independent review of the MAX and will only issue a go-ahead for return to service once its process is complete.
The TC press release is as follows:
Statement by Minister Garneau on Federal Aviation Administration’s certification of changes to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
From: Transport Canada
November 18, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Transport Canada
“Our government remains committed to keeping Canadians, the travelling public, and the transportation system safe and secure.
“We acknowledge that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Through this directive, the FAA is mandating its approved changes made to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and confirms it can return to service in U.S. airspace.
“Transport Canada has worked extensively with the FAA and other key certifying authorities, including the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), as well as the three Canadian operators of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and their pilot unions throughout the validation process of the aircraft to address all factors necessary toward a safe return to service of the aircraft.
“Transport Canada safety experts continue their independent validation process to determine whether to approve the proposed changes to the aircraft. We expect this process to conclude very soon. However, there will be differences between what the FAA has approved today, and what Canada will require for its operators. These differences will include additional procedures on the flight deck and pre-flight, as well as differences in training.
“The commercial flight restrictions for the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Canadian airspace remain in effect and will not be lifted until the department is fully satisfied that all its safety concerns have been addressed, and that enhanced flight crew procedures and training are in place in Canada.”
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We will keep you posted with any information as it becomes available.