Air Canada to Resume 737 MAX Flights

Air Canada will resume Boeing 737 MAX commercial operations on February 1, 2021, following Transport Canada’s (TC) Airworthiness Directive.

The move followed the January 20 lifting of the existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and the recommencement of 737 MAX services by airlines around the world.

“We are very confident the nearly two-year regulatory process undertaken by Transport Canada and other regulators worldwide ensures the utmost safety of the Boeing 737 MAX fleet from nose to tail, and from wing to wing,” says said Captain Murray Strom, Vice President, Flight Operations at Air Canada. “As part of Air Canada’s multi-layered approach to reinforcing and enhancing safety, our internal experts have also worked with independent specialists to conduct assessments of the aircraft and our operating procedures.”

In addition to implementing all required updates and modifications to the aircraft, Air Canada has equipped its fleet with additional safety-enhancing features that exceed required regulatory standards. These measures are backed by the airline’s industry-leading flight operations, the extensive, comprehensive training programs its pilots and maintenance engineers regularly undergo, and its industry-renowned flight data analysis, according to a statement.

“Customers can therefore be assured that every crew member operating our fleet and the many employee teams working behind the scenes have an unwavering commitment to safety.  We look forward to welcoming you onboard,” concludes Captain Strom.

Air Canada will resume Boeing 737 MAX commercial operations on February 1, 2021, following Transport Canada’s (TC) Airworthiness Directive.

Set to recommence on routes to Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg from Toronto, the 737 MAX will gradually return to Air Canada’s North American route network as the airline continues to optimize its narrow body fleet. All flights are operated in accordance with Air Canada’s biosafety protocols, centred around the Air Canada CleanCare+ program. Air Canada will continue to deploy the fleet on routes that are best suited for its range and capacity.

When browsing and booking flights, customers can determine what aircraft is scheduled by clicking on the “Details” link of the flight they are interested in. For already booked flights, customers can determine the aircraft they are flying on by retrieving their booking from the “My Bookings” tab on or by tapping the “Trips” button on the Air Canada App, and then clicking on the “Details” link in the Flight Details section.

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