Boeing’s Next Aircraft Will Face International Scrutiny

International regulators in Europe and the Middle East will individually certify the next Boeing aircraft to enter the market, according to the Wall Street Journal. The publication states that this is as a result of the ongoing Boeing 737 MAX grounding.

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International regulators could seek their own certification of Boeing’s next aircraft. Photo: Boeing

Typically, with major aircraft, such as those from Boeing, aviation authorities across the globe will respect the FAA’s certification of an aircraft, perhaps carrying out a couple of their own tests but not much more than that. After all, it would not previously have been logical for a small nation with relatively few of an aircraft to certify it themselves. However, that could now change.

What’s happening?

Earlier today the Wall Street Journal exclusively reported that the “longstanding practice” of respecting other nations’ certifications of aircraft could be coming to an end. The publication told us that authorities both in Europe and the Middle East are keen to certify Boeing’s next aircraft themselves.


The publication puts the change down to “eroding international confidence in the planemaker and the Federal Aviation Administration”. While not mentioned by name, the aircraft being referred to could be the Boeing 777X.


Both the Middle East and Europe will have large numbers of Boeing aircraft based in their territories, and Boeing is currently working on certifying the 777X. The UAE’s flag carrier Emirates has previously said that it would bring a Boeing 777 to Dubai for tests next year. However, in Europe Lufthansa will be the type’s launch customer, with British Airways also ordering a number of the aircraft.

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British Airways has a number of Boeing 777X aircraft on order. Photo: Boeing

777X progress

Following setbacks to the Boeing 777X program, the aircraft is yet to take its first flight. The GE9X engines due to power the 777X were sent back to their manufacturer prior to the aircraft taking to the skies.


Earlier today, the Seattle Times reported that a 777X fuselage being tested in Seattle was ripped apart by explosive decompression. The Seattle Times published a leaked image showing the extent of damage was much more serious than a cargo door being blown off, as was previously reported.

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Typically other countries will accept the FAA’s certification of Boeing products. Photo: Boeing

What about the 737 MAX?

Earlier today it was revealed that the FAA will take the sole responsibility for issuing Boeing 737 MAX airworthiness certificates once the aircraft returns to service. Previously Boeing had been able to issue its own airworthiness certificates when aircraft were completed in Seattle.

As a result, each Boeing 737 MAX will now have to be signed off by the FAA until Boeing has“fully functional quality control and verification processes in place”.

Simple Flying contacted Boeing regarding this story, however, had yet to receive a response at the time of publishing this article.

Do you think it is wise for other countries to certify aircraft themselves? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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Wow, what an unexpected surprise…NOT!

This is the point where the Boeing cronies accuse the rest of the world of “anti-USA behavior”…rather than facing up to the fact that Boeing has lowered itself to the level of a scrap metal dealer…


You forgot to add that they will claim a conspiracy by the ‘main stream media’ aided by the tree hugging lefties.


Boeing literally keeps the lights on for this blog.. without it you’d have nothing to post about


Christian, this story about extra scrutiny on future Boeing products is on every news web site like Bloomberg, CNBC, etc. Any ‘media glare” was generated by Boeing and the loss of 346 souls.


If what you say is true, then the solution is in Boeing’s hands: stop building crap products and causing major controversies, and this blog can then focus on nicer things, such as new routes and air show reports 🙂

Farhan Nazar

You don’t say?…..


Well well well. Once that happens -we can expect US retaliation against Airbus. Like a need to certify all new changes to Airbus aircrafts. Or a requirement to completely ground all 320neos due to recent problem with weight distribution. That’s gonna be a huge mess.

Gerry Stumpe

Like I said. This is the world of Trump. Retaliation and payback


Perhaps not a bad thing after years of America being a punching bag for the Chinese and Eurotrash. Although, he went a bit too far with that earthquake in Albania and spreading ebola in Africa.

Gerry Stumpe

Where do you people come from?


Its a hoot to think the Middle East can certify anything as the ME consists or Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf State which has no joint AHJ (that would be a cat fight) and those that have any AHJ have no mechanism in place to certify a shoe let alone an aircraft. Yes Europe does have such an AHJ (EASA) and I believe its a good idea that no one just accepts anyone else certifications. And contrary to the European crowd, the FAA will not retaliate. They may assume the same level of cross checks as EASA… Read more »


Why is a company employee publicly reporting an internal issue listed as a Whitelblower?

There was no illegal act going on.

I worked in a sensitive area for many years and company policy was termination for taking picture of anything – it was internal company business and rightfully so.

We could take close up pictures of equipment failures and damage for internal use only.


You genuinely think that that photo was officially released by Boeing, rather than being smuggled to the Seattle Times by a concerned employee?
Why would Boeing officially release a damning photo that contradicts the narrative that they’ve maintained for months, i.e. that a door blew out?
I think it’s clear to everyone (including Wall Street) that the photo was leaked by a whistleblower.

Owen Berkeley-Hill

It is interesting to see the difference between the start of the jet age and the Comet disasters and the tight-lipped, obfuscation of the manufacturers today. The Comet could be excused because it was a push into the unknown and resulted in the more reliable Comet 4. Then, aerospace was led mainly by engineers. Now it is led by what you may call “suits”, people whose primary purpose in life is to focus on cost even though this might, and often does, destroys value in the eyes of the end customer. They are brainwashed during their rather expensive education to… Read more »


Very well said!


The authorities have a duty before all else to ensure that unsafe aircraft do not fly in their air space. The FAA is singular in also having a duty to promote American aerospace – and that conflicts with the first first priority. Until now other authorities trusted the FAA to do their job correctly (and relax pressure on Boeing by not making them double the work) and now the evidence is very strong that they have not been: on the max, but evidence is growing that it goes back further and deeper than 1 modification. Based on that, it would… Read more »

Gerry Stumpe

This is the era of Trump. Regulations are unnecessary, companies can establish their own standards etc, etc. It is absolutely essential that in these times, other nations take charge of their own personal interests. No longer are we Americans looking out for everyone else. We have become separate and apart and must no longer be trusted as to what we advance. It’s a crying shame that the formerly well-respected and admired FAA now has it’s directives questioned. Nations who seek to protect their air travelers MUST take the issue in hand. They owe it to their people.


Was the FAA/Boeing relationship, and certification process different under Obama?

Gerry Stumpe

Can we get back to airplanes?

Gerry Stumpe

Where do you people come from? Can we talk airplanes now?


You are the one using the site for your anti-Trump rants. Go and troll elsewhere.

Denis Coghlan

IMHO the twin engine design has reached its practical design limit.

Quads will return. The B744, B748 and the A380 have demonstrated far higher safety levels than the big twins with the B777X sporting outlandish giant engines that are going to cause operational problems.

My 5 cents worth, one of these giants will ditch in an ocean sooner or later.

180 minutes! Path!

Moaz Abid

Maybe the FAA don’t want another 737MAX drama