UAE to validate any Boeing MAX fix before lifting airspace ban

Flydubai operates Boeing 737 planes. (AFP/File)
Updated 03 April 2019
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UAE to validate any Boeing MAX fix before lifting airspace ban

  • Two fatal plane crashes in the previous 5 months involved the Boeing MAX
  • UAE official said they might collaborate with other entities to study lifting the ban

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates will make its own checks on any fixes for the Boeing 737 MAX before permitting the grounded jet to resume flying in its airspace, a senior aviation regulatory official said on Wednesday.
The MAX has been grounded globally since last month following two fatal crashes in five months involving the same aircraft type, killing 346 people.
Boeing has said a software update to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stall system, which is under scrutiny after the deadly nose-down crashes, would be submitted in the coming weeks.
“Based on their corrective action plan we will validate that plan independently and maybe cooperate with other entities in Europe and based on that if we feel comfortable we will decide [if we lift the grounding],” General Civil Aviation Authority Director General Saif Mohammed Al-Suwaidi told Reuters at an industry conference in Abu Dhabi.
UAE carrier flydubai is a MAX operator.


Trump demands India withdrawal of retaliatory tariffs

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Trump demands India withdrawal of retaliatory tariffs

  • India slapped higher tariffs on 28 US products following Washington’s withdrawal this month of key trade privileges for New Delhi

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump on Thursday asked India to withdraw retaliatory tariffs that New Delhi imposed this month, calling the duties “unacceptable.”
India slapped higher tariffs on 28 US products following Washington’s withdrawal this month of key trade privileges for New Delhi.
“I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further,” Trump said on Twitter.
“This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!” said Trump, who will meet Modi at this week’s G20 summit in Japan.


India’s trade ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters email seeking comment.
Trump’s remarks could further worsen a trade row that has led to tit-for-tat tariffs from India and the United States and created an unease over the depth of their security alliance.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in New Delhi on Wednesday, sought to reduce heightened trade tension with India, promising a renewed focus on negotiating better ties, but giving few specifics of how they would overcome disputes over trade and investment.
Trump scrapped trade privileges for India under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), under which New Delhi was the biggest beneficiary that allowed duty-free exports of up to $5.6 billion.
India initially issued an order in June last year to raise import taxes as high as 120 percent on a slew of US items, incensed by Washington’s refusal to exempt it from higher steel and aluminum tariffs.
But New Delhi repeatedly delayed raising tariffs as the two nations engaged in trade talks. Trade between them stood at about $142.1 billion in 2018.