Certification for Boeing 777x could be delayed as many regulators including China, Europe and Canada have signalled that they will not rubber stamp an FAA decision.
“So we don’t always do things exactly the same. It has to pass the sort of safety threshold from our point of view. And there’s nothing wrong with that,” Marc Garneau, Transport Minister of Canada, told Reuters in Ottawa.
Original launch customer, Lufthansa (Now Emirates will take the first aircraft) believe, European regulators will carryout a stringent review before certifying 777x.
For decades, Aviation world followed the FAA’s lead, but now after seeing how FAA handled the MAX issue, many world regulators began to sideline FAA.
The FAA even stood alone when it said there was “no basis to order grounding the (MAX8) aircraft.” and it was the last to ground the aircraft.
Shifting regulatory power from the U.S, may pose a new challenge for Boeing to get their Aircraft certified on time to compete with Airbus., and cost millions in revenue.
“Overall, foreign authorities will be more thorough in accepting American certifications. I think that for me is one of the outputs of these terrible events in Indonesia and Ethiopia already,” Chief Executive of Lufthansa Carsten Spohr told reporters.
Boeing 777X installed the engines on its first 777X flight test aircraft in January and rolled out this month in a simple ceremony. The first test flight is expected to take place in the second quarter of this year, and expected to be deliver the first 777x to Emirates in mid-2020.