LONDON, ENGLAND—After the Esa’s brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 845 has just returned from its first trip to China, the company is currently in a difficult position.
Easa, the British subsidiary of German aerospace company EADS, has been forced to cancel the flights of several Airbus A320neo jets that have been on a trip to the People’s Republic of China.
The decision came after the US State Department issued a stern warning against Easa selling aircraft to China because it would not have adequate safeguards to ensure that its equipment meets US safety standards.
The 737 MAX is a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and while it can carry passengers on up to eight seats, it is capable of carrying only 12.
In China, Boeing’s A320-200 and A320NEO have been banned for safety reasons.
The Esa planes, however, have been allowed to continue to operate because the aircraft manufacturer has the right to fly them.
But after a series of bad news from China, Easa has decided to stop carrying out flights to China.
According to the company, it has now decided to suspend flights to and from the People-to-People link in China for a total of six weeks, beginning on February 13.
Esa is planning to continue the flights, but is asking the airline to make sure the aircraft is inspected by China’s National Aircraft Inspection Service (NAIS).
The company has said it will be willing to take all necessary steps to prevent such incidents from happening again, but there is a catch.
“We are not going to fly the 737 MAX again to China,” said Peter Williams, Esa CEO.
“The Easa 737 MAX will not fly again to the country, because we have concluded that the FAA does not have the regulatory power to require certification of any aircraft on the People to People link.”
Easa made the announcement after it announced a $1.4 billion investment in China in March.
The investment will support more than 3,000 jobs in the country.
In the past, EASA has sold Boeing 737s to China for nearly $2 billion.
In addition to the 737-400, the Boeing 737 Max will also be used on flights to Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In an email to the Aviation Week and Space Technology news site, Easas spokesperson Simon Brown said that “there is a very significant regulatory oversight and licensing process that has been put in place, as well as a strong safety record and robust inspection system that EAS has established.”
EAS also said that the decision to suspend the flights was taken after it received a letter from the US Department of Transportation warning against selling aircraft there because “the regulatory authorities in China are very concerned about the safety of the aircraft.”
“We will not be flying our planes to China any time soon,” said Williams.
Eas a company that makes the A320 and A330neos for the US military, and it is a major source of profit for the airline.
It has a number of European customers and has invested heavily in new aircraft, including the A330NEO.
“They’ve invested heavily to build these planes, and now it is time for them to be put to work in China,” Williams said.
Williams says that the company has been in discussions with Boeing for the past three years about buying the 737s, and he said that Easa had discussed the possibility with Boeing in March of last year.
However, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had told EAS that it had no authority to ban flights to or from the Chinese People- to-People Link.
FAA spokesman Mike Baugh said that while the agency did not have an “open license” to ban the flights to Chinese airspace, “we do have an open policy, which means that we do not want to take any actions that are inconsistent with the FAA’s policy.”
The FAA issued a similar warning last month, saying that it would suspend flights of A320s that carry military personnel from China to the US.
The FAA has also issued similar warnings to other foreign carriers over safety concerns, such as to Airbus A330s that were recently grounded in the UK.
“At this point, it’s very difficult to say whether we’re going to continue, or whether we’ll cancel,” said Brown.
“There are no guarantees that these flights will not happen again.
They are just going to happen, and we don’t want them to happen again.”