UAE to validate any Boeing MAX fix before lifting airspace ban

Flydubai operates Boeing 737 planes. (AFP/File)
Updated 03 April 2019

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.


Emirates Skycargo deploys capacity to supply food, medicines in UAE

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Emirates Skycargo deploys capacity to supply food, medicines in UAE

  • The UAE imports 90 percent of its food
  • The cargo organization said it transported between mid-January and mid-March more than 225,000 tons of cargo

DUBAI: Emirates Skycargo said on Wednesday that it deploys capacity to supply and replenish food and medicines in the UAE, as rulers role out strategies to sustain the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported.

The national cargo organization said it transported between mid-January and mid-March more than 225,000 tons of cargo in total out of which 55,000 tons were food items including fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, and more than 13,000 tons were pharmaceutical. 

Since the UAE imports 90 percent of its food, food security is a top priority. The annual food security costs of the country is $3.53 billion annually.

Earlier this week the UAE announced a strategic food security law that ensures adequate and uninterrupted food supplies through wholesalers and retailers across the UAE at all times, Khaleej Times reported. 

The law seeks to regulate the strategic stock of food commodities in the country in the event of crises, emergencies and disasters and offers incentives and facilities to registered providers and merchants.