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FAA clears United Airlines to receive new aircraft again

The carrier had been prevented from incorporating new jets amid several incidents with its planes

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) authorized United Airlines to receive new jets and launch routes after nearly three months of scrutiny.

Since March, the civil aviation authority had been carrying out an investigation to understand whether the carrier was not following safety procedures on its aircraft after several incidents emerged.

“Today, we got some good news: after a careful review and discussion about the proactive safety steps United has taken to date, our FAA Certificate Management Office has allowed us to begin the process of restarting our certification activities, including new aircraft and routes, and we will continue to coordinate closely with the FAA,” said an internal United Airlines statement on Wednesday.

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Moment United Boeing 777 loses tire on takeoff (Social media)

The ban imposed by the FAA prevented United from launching flights on new routes such as New York-Faro, Portugal, and Tokyo-Cebu, Philippines. The new flights had their launch date postponed.

“We are permitting them [United] to take deliveries of aircraft. Most of those aircraft have been one-on-one replacements for missing aircraft,” FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said on Thursday.

Among the incidents that drew attention in the media were a Boeing 777 that lost a tire after taking off from San Francisco Airport and a Boeing 737 that landed in Oregon without a fuselage panel.


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