Canada will lift the ban on flying the Boeing 737 MAX on January 20

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canada said on Monday it will lift the nearly two-year flight ban on Boeing Co’s 737 MAX on Jan. 20, joining other countries like the United States that brought the plane back after two fatal crashes that they involved the model.

Regulator Transport Canada also said in a statement that it has issued an Airworthiness Directive for aircraft owners, aircraft maintenance engineers, and foreign civil aviation authorities, along with an interim order outlining requirements for airlines. aerial over the training of additional crew.

Separately, Air Canada said it will resume commercial operations of the Boeing 737 MAX on February 1.

The airline said the plane will gradually revert to its North American route network.

Canada said in December that it plans to lift the flight ban on the Boeing 737 MAX in January after approving changes to the aircraft’s design, which was grounded in March 2019 following two fatal crashes.

Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal and Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich