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Lone 737 MAX criss-crossed Canada for pilot checks during grounding


Added 09-18-19 11:03:02am EST - “While the world's Boeing 737 MAX fleet remains grounded after two fatal cra...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Lone 737 MAX criss-crossed Canada for pilot checks during grounding”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MONTREAL/PARIS (Reuters) - While the world’s Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada (AC.TO) plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario.

In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data.

A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet “to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations)”.

“So we are utilizing the 737 Max during planned maintenance movements to maintain qualification.”

Between Aug 28 and Sept 8 the Air Canada MAX plane criss-crossed between Montreal, Val d’Or, Quebec and North Bay, Ontario, data from Tracking website FlightRadar24 shows.

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