Icelandair training pilots ready for Boeing 737 MAX

22.02.2021 - 13:44
Flugstjórnarklefi Icelandair
 Mynd: RÚV - Skjáskot
Icelandair is working to upgrade the first few returning planes in its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets after North American and European authorities renewed their air-worthiness certification. The planes need updates and maintenance that will take several weeks, but the pilots also need to update their skills in preparation for the spring.

The airline’s flight operations manager says he believes public trust can be regained when people realise how strict a process the planes have been through since they were grounded around the world some two years ago.

“Yes, we’re preparing it. We’ve started training pilots and to get things ready. What we need now, first and foremost, is passengers to fly, as most borders are closed around us, but we have started preparing for the full return of the MAX planes,” says Haukur Reynisson, Icelandair flight operations manager. “We expect that people will look at the same things as we are looking at: that these planes have been through this extensive process and we believe it has been well done, and comprehensively done, and we believe that people will look at it in the same way as we are,” he adds.

Kári Kárason, Icelandair pilot instructor, says: “There isn’t a great deal that’s been added, but there are a few things; especially the way these systems that were renewed work. That’s the biggest challenge for us: to practice that. But as well as that, we are refreshing ourselves, because it’s been a long time since we flew this plane and we are brushing up on this and that – so there are several sets of training we are taking before we start to fly the plane again.”

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