IATA Urges Global Coordination on Boeing 737 MAX Return
Global airlines urged regulators to coordinate on technical requirements and timelines for the re-entry of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged national aviation safety regulators to continue to align on technical validation requirements and timelines for the safe return of the plane. The statement came at the conclusion of the second IATA summit around the issue. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said the association trusts the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the aircraft’s return to service, as well as the ability of regulators around the world to make independent decisions based on FAA recommendations. However, he said, aviation is a globally integrated system that relies on global standards, “which has made air travel the safest form of long-distance travel the world has known.” IATA also reiterated the need for alignment on additional training requirements for Boeing 737 MAX flight crews.