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U.K. Flight Regulator Faces Brexit Test With Boeing 737 Max Approval

  • Troubled Max is first jet requiring signoff by CAA since 2004
  • Decision spotlights body’s task in asserting its independence
TUI are the only airline with 737 MAX jets registered in the U.K.
TUI are the only airline with 737 MAX jets registered in the U.K.Photographer: David Ryder/Getty Images

Britain’s aviation regulator, granted new powers in the Brexit split, faces an early test of how it uses them with the looming return of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliner.

Approval of the Max to fly again after two fatal crashes provides a chance for the Civil Aviation Authority to demonstrate its independence. At the same time it highlights the challenge of carving out a role in a regulatory landscape dominated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which backed the Max in 2020, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, set to do so next week.